As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps through our country, we hear daily of increasing death rates, overworked ICU staff, overflowing hospital wards and hard-pressed medics in every area. As England settles into another lockdown we learn that thousands of people are feeling terrified of what the future may hold, whilst hundreds of others are firmly holding to their conviction that this is a fabrication of world leaders with their own agenda. As believers, where do we stand in this? Where should we stand? Recently an elderly minister and friend put it in a nutshell: “Whether we survive or we die,” he wrote, “we belong to Yahweh!”
Trusting Yahweh throughout difficult times can be very challenging. It is a lesson learned over time and grows steadily with experience. Are you anxious? Do you fret and worry? You wouldn’t be the first disciple to panic! Remember when those experienced fishermen were caught in a storm so violent they thought they would drown? Remember how they shook Yahshua awake, shouting “Save us! We’re going to die!” [Matthew 8:23-25]? Do you feel like you are drowning or life is disintegrating around you? We have Yahshua in ‘the boat’ of our life and nothing will happen that we can’t handle together.
Yahshua trusted His Father’s word, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown” [Isaiah 43:2, New Living Translation]. Reflecting on this, C.H. Spurgeon wrote, “If for a little time we must be tried, let us set our faces like flints to bear the trial. Let us not be intoxicated with sorrow or fear.” When we know Yahweh has power to change everything for the better, we can find it hard to understand why there must be tough times. It’s easy to become ‘intoxicated with sorrow or fear’ when the trial touches what is most important to us. Growing in trust involves taking risks. My minister-friend has been building up his confident trust in Yahweh over decades of service, but we all must begin from where we are now. Take a risk, trust Yahweh a little more this month than you did last month, know He is with you; don’t be intoxicated.