By Helen Chan
October 9, 2020
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1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
As we are seven months into the pandemic, the world sees one disaster after another. Starting with the coronavirus, infecting and killing millions and causing us to drastically change our lives; the social injustice we witnessed as well as the outrage that followed causing division among the people, and the fires that continue to burn throughout California, leaving many without homes. As I read Psalm 79 about a nation’s destruction, spiritual needs, and prayer for help, it seems to be speaking about what is happening in this world today.
Many questions have popped in my mind throughout this time. Questions like: why has God allowed all of these things to happen? Will this ever end? I think back to those moments in my life when I asked those same questions -- those moments when I felt my world was destroyed.
When I was 17, my dad, who fiercely loved God, was hit by a car and left in a coma that lasted 15 years. It turned my world and life upside down. I was angry and disappointed at God. I felt abandoned, and I ran away from Him. It took 15 years and my dad passing away for me to meet God again and He showed me He never left my side. As I ran back to God, I felt like the prodigal son, as God continued (and continues) to show His unchanging love and grace for me, even after my years of rebellion. Even now, when I know I am still lacking and still failing. He continues to teach me to fear less, worry less, and to trust Him more by remembering all those times He rescued me.
So, in moments of despair, like what is happening in the world now, as God’s children, we can feel hope. And we praise our good Lord for being that hope and our Savior.
I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
— Psalm 121:1-2
Prayer to start with: God, I don't know what's ahead. What I do know is that you are right by my side. No matter what the world may bring, I take comfort in knowing you will guide me and take me on the right path. I cling to your word and promises during these uncertain days.