The family vacation that you have been looking forward to has been canceled. The sports season that you just started has come to a sudden end. The friends, family, and church that you gather with regularly, you are no longer able to gather with. The job that has been so steady is no longer up and running. These are just some of the things experienced by many at this time as they are feeling the effects of COVID-19. We often set our course, make plans, and mark out our calendars. But when something suddenly interrupts our plans or expectations, we can be left with a feeling of disappointment. How should we view these many interruptions and disappointments that we are currently experiencing?
First, we should view them as God appointed. We have a helpful reminder by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:11, that God “works all things after the counsel of His will.” We can take comfort in knowing that God has sovereignly ordained these interruptions to carry out His will and purposes in our lives.
Second, God is using these interruptions to conform the believer into the image of His Son.
Romans 8:28-29 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
Many times we can read Romans 8:28 and easily forget about verse 29. The good that God is working all things together for is the believer’s conformity to the image of His Son.
Third, it is through trials and disappointments that we learn patience, humility, endurance and trust. Romans 5:3-4 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope…”
Although we are sure to find many more interruptions and disappointments in the weeks and months ahead, we can trust in the Sovereign God who is faithfully working in us and through us for “His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13), and has given us a promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).