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THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS
weddings postponed or canceled altogether, the largest companies in our nation working under a stay home arrangement, hospitals without necessary equipment and supplies, even beds, political infighting as we look for someone to blame and how best to fight this silent but deadly enemy, political fighting and general uncertainty about when everyone will be able to get back to work, school, even church normally, even uncertainty about when we will be able to begin an active evangelism program? Things are starting to get back to normal in many areas, yet, in others, where businesses were opening and restaurants opening at 50% capacity, growing COVID numbers threaten the re-closure of these businesses.
We’re confronted with Uncertainty and Unprecedented change every day. We search for security and stability, peace, and hope, as we try to adjust to what’s being called a "new normal." We long for someone to tell us that everything is going to be alright. But have someone to tell us these things! God longs, God long to do that for us! He wants to sweep us up in His arms like we would a child and speak to us words of hope, peace, and love.
There are two books that address such times of uncertainty. Let us take a look at some passages.
Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:12-132:
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
He continues in 1 Peter 4:7, "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." Peter says, "Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray." Consider the next verse in NKJV, "And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins'." And the next 1 Peter 4:8, "Use hospitality one to another without grudging." He continues in verse 10:
"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
The Apostle concludes in 1 Peter 4:19, "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator."
What can we learn from Peter about attitudes in uncertain times?
First, Peter says we must maintain sound judgment. He is saying keep a clear mind, a clear head. The King James says, "Be sober and watch." The NIV says, "Be clear minded." The NASB-95 says "be of sound judgment." Being right minded, clear headed. It is understanding what is important and what is not. 2 Corinthians 4.18 says:
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
All that we see cannot be taken with us in death. All that is seen will ultimately be destroyed at His coming.
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2. All scripture references are from the King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated.↩
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