I’ve heard so many drastic stories these past one and a half years since the pandemic started. I’ve had a lot of friends lose more than one loved one. I can’t even begin to imagine how they must have felt as they cruised from one sorrow to another. The news give nothing but the stark reality of our deteriorating world. No matter how much some people try to paint life with all sunshine and rainbows, news reports almost always bring us sadness and dejection. People have also succumbed to the deceiving power of Social Media and the Internet. Because we are stuck at home almost one hundred percent of the time these days, we’ve made the World Wide Web our temporary solace, overlooking the shallow beauties being presented by beauty gurus, the lavish lifestyles of majority of the so-called influencers, the toxicity of our upcoming national elections, and the undying number of fake news popping up directly on our newsfeeds. As I think about all these things, I keep on wondering where God is in the midst of all that’s happening. We are navigating through a pandemic while juggling all these additional troubles that life throws at us, and yet it seems as if He is somewhere just silently watching us struggle.
If you have thought about this at one point in your life, you are not alone. We’ve all been here before. I’ve been here too many times to count to be honest. But what has kept me going despite everything I’ve been through is the fact that God is still good. He is still sovereign over all the things that are happening in the world. Even as He took away my father, He is still good. Even as we face another variant of this virus, He is still good. Even as we don’t get what we pray for all the time, He is still good, and there is no wrong in Him. A friend of mine reminded me of this truth when she posted about the story of Daniel’s three friends Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, who were thrown into the fiery furnace made by King Nebuchadnezzar for those who did not follow his decree of worshipping the golden image he had put up in his kingdom. Many Christians know of this wonderful account of God’s salvation of Daniel’s friends, but what struck me is the reply of these godly men to the king in Daniel 3:18. “But even if He does not…” This short statement comforted me in a way no other person or thing has ever done. These men knew that God is mighty and able to save them from imminent death, but they also acknowledged that He can choose not to spare them, just as as He did with a lot of our heroes of the Christian faith.
We often ask the question: “why do bad things happen to good people?” But shouldn’t we be asking instead, ” Why not?”? If bad things do not happen, how do we mature and learn? If we never experience deep troubles, how will we be able to comfort others who might be going through the same thing? Trials and delays are God’s way of showing His discipline for the wrongs we’ve done. At other times, they teach us to wait and renew our trust in Him. The future may be uncertain, but we already know that God is there. Christmas and New Year are just a few days away, and some of us may be celebrating it with less than what we usually had in the previous years. Some of us may be missing loved ones during this holiday season, but even so, we can still celebrate with joy knowing that the Lord allowed us to experience His goodness, protection, and providence throughout the year.
I hope for nothing but God’s best for all of us in 2022. May we not only pray for His material providence, but also increased maturity in our daily walk with Him. May all of us continue to stay safe as we celebrate this season, and may we always remember the very reason why Christmas was even born, and that is Jesus.
All my love,