In these days of virulent flu, world unrest, and the prospect that our daily lives may well have permanently changed in ways we may dread, it’s reassuring to know that God is in control. All of us have had to deal with this pandemic and the aftermath in one way or another. Some have lost jobs, some have had to do without, some have chosen to completely isolate themselves, some have been sick with Covid19 and recovered, and some, sadly, have died.
Through all this we hear those who are hopeful and thankful, while many are fearful and anxious. In scripture, John 16:31, Jesus said “In this world there will be troubles, but take heart for I have overcome the world”. Jesus himself warned that life has troubles, even for those who believe. And we also know from Habakkuk that God himself turned a harsh and evil foe on his own people because they valued their own ways more than His.
Is this pandemic a warning for us? It has thrown the world into a downward spiral. What are we to learn from God about this?
We at Unite 4 Africa remain hopeful and look to God for His provision even in times of trouble. God’s word says, “He will never leave us or forsake us.” When our focus is on God, his ways, his will, his providence, his love and mercy; nothing in this world should be able to take away from us what it cannot give: God’s peace. “Fear not” is spoken often in God’s word for good reason. Without doubt, fear is something we all deal with. Some are incapacitated by it and some acknowledge it and continue on, looking for God’s answer to it. Let’s move ahead, thankful for the work God establishes for our hands, aware of the needs of others and how we can help, thankful and humble. We are so thankful for all who endeavor with us to empower our brothers and sisters in Africa
May our prayer for each of you be received by you so you too have the peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
Unite 4 Africa