So far, 2020 has been a year in which we have been reminded how uncertain and out of our control things can be. We have been reminded that the only predictable thing about life is that it is unpredictable and we have very little authority over the events of life.
As I considered this, I was reminded and strengthened by Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
The basis upon which we are commissioned to spread the Gospel in all the world is that Christ has all authority. The confidence that propels us forward in this task in the assurance that He is with us all the way.
As I pondered this, I realized that these truths also give us assurance to face the issue of global pandemic today. Jesus has all authority and Jesus is always with us!
Jesus has authority over all that we are facing today. Be that disease or economic distress, He has authority over supernatural forces and natural events. He has authority over governments, scientists, viruses and financial turmoil.
That does not mean that Jesus causes pandemic and heartache - sin causes that! However, it does mean that nothing is ever out of his ability to exercise his influence, which is ultimate.
Add to that the fact that He assures us that he will be with us and we gain an added measure of confident hope.
For those who feel alone and a bit distressed today, whisper an assurance to your heart that Jesus, who has all authority is there with you. He is always with us. He never goes on vacation, never takes a nap, he is never quarantined and he does not break his word. So, take heart in Him.
Jesus is exercising his authority right now, which means that in due time this pandemic will end. It means that in due time we will be back to the kind of normal that will emerge in the future, and it means that by his authority he wishes us to be prepared for that and learn the lessons he teaches today.
Since that is all true and he loves you, when distressed pray this prayer, “Lord, do as you please because all authority is yours and not mine. You have the right and the power to accomplish your purposes – so let me be faithful in the following of your will.”
His and yours,
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