We are living in unusual times. As I read the passage I start wondering: should we live in fear? Should we be afraid of the future? Should we hide in hopes it passes by us? Is it possible that we have not listened or heeded warning and now face punishment? Yes, entirely possible.
If we focus solely on the aspect of illness and the unknown severity of the pandemic, then we definitely have reason to fear. This passage could have been written in our current times, recognizing that we did not bring the pandemic into our lives but our society has brought it to us.
But what if we focus on verses 8 and 9? These verses remind us that we are shaped by our Father’s hand. We are his people. What if we acknowledge our shortcomings and mistakes and ask God for forgiveness? I believe He is there for us. God will support us in our times of weakness if we recognize our shortcomings. We can do better and atone for our sins.
I believe that we are in a moment of opportunity. We can support our neighbors and loved ones while taking precautions. We can help those who are struggling in today’s world. We can do more to support others emotionally as well as financially. I prefer to admit that I can do better than to believe that we are doomed. I wish to live my life humbled by Him as opposed to live my life in fear of Him.