When trials come, how do you react? One of the things that I have learned over the past 3/4 of a century is that my reaction tells me where I am in my relationship to the Lord. There is no argument that your responses to the difficulty of life are the exact reflection of your faith in God. If you are trusting in the Lord then your actions will be one of faith in Him; and if you are not trusting in Him, then your actions will be one of self-reliance or reliance on someone or something other than God.
The old saying of “you can fool some of the people some of the time. You can fool all of the people some of the time. You can fool some of the people all of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people, all of the time.” Of all of the people in the world , don’t fool yourself. Self-deception is one of the most deadly and frustrating lives that you could ever live. Nothing will make sense and paranoia will most certainly be present. You will find that you are suspicious of everyone and everything.
It is vital that you be honest with yourself. So many times we have a dishonest concept of our self, thinking that we are the greatest, the best, or the answer to whatever comes. We need to make an honest appraisal of who we are and what we are. We don’t have to be top dog, standing head and shoulders above the rest. It is much better to find where you fit in and then you will value the others that are a part of life as well. Looking at your performance will also aid you in seeing yourself in a true perspective. Seeing repeated efforts fail can really help you to see the truth about yourself. Accepting those results is necessary to seeing not only what needs changed but owning them as the truth of your self-observation.
I don’t always like what I see in myself so I am faced with how I will proceed in light of it. I could justify my actions by some reasoning or I could place the blame elsewhere, or I could deny any fault but none of that will help me the next time I face another trial. There is only one course of action that will leave me improved and that is to own my actions as the truth about myself. Only then can I begin to correct my understanding about myself and then change my conduct. It never works in reverse, I cannot change my actions and then change my understanding about myself.
As we face this coronavirus pandemic we see various responses. Some rely only on their-self and they hoard as a means of self-protection. Some become quite benevolent and make it better for everyone. Some become anxious and panic because they cannot see a way through it. Some use the crises to take advantage of others in many ways such as raising prices for profit, offering what they don’t have, etc. Some come to face their need and turn to the only real solution which is Christ. Eternal life is only found in Him.
It is not a question of will I die. It is a 100% certainty that you will die from something, someday. It is not a question of will I suffer. That too is a certainty for it is the struggle that strengthens us. It is not even a question of the survival of the nation for every nation that has ever existed in the past have fallen, but life has continued because God is the one who is in control and holds all nations and people in His hand. I am amazed that the greatest economy the world has ever seen has been brought to its knees in a matter of a few months.
So what is ahead? It would be foolhardy for me to predict as the Lord has not told me to share such a message. I can tell you this. I am not nearly as concerned about what the future holds as I am about how I stand in the midst of this trial. My prayer is that I can honor my Lord in how I stand. My faith is in Him and not in how I come out. He’s got this and I know that you or I don’t. He holds all the blessings and we should look to Him and not to a government, a provision or ourselves for the solution.