“You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever.” 1 Peter 5:9-10 (The Message)
I often think these days, “Woe is me.”
Might be more appropriate to think, “Woe is us.”
We are all in this together. We are all getting a dose of the Covid-19 impact.
That Covid-19 impact got closer for me today. How? Today’s local online newspaper reports that a nursing home, about two miles away, has several positive tests. Could I be next?
Where is the “hope” from the title of this entry? Here it is: The suffering will not last forever.
That does not mean that the Covid-19 threat will completely end. It could, hopefully, but that is not what the verse above means.
Remember that believers are “just passing through” this life. We are all terminal. There is an expiration date for all of us unless Christ returns before that date.
BUT believers have a somewhere with God after this life.
There will not be any suffering in that place. All will be new, including us. Our terminal parts will be exchanged for eternal parts!
The suffering we are going through now is real. There are so many varieties of hurts for all of us. I cannot work. I cannot enjoy a hobby I am heavily invested in. I cannot visit my family. I cannot worship at church or attend a men’s Bible study. And the list goes on…..for me. You surely have your own list.
But we are not without hope. Things will turn out well. In time, the varieties of “normal” we have experienced in this life will transfer into abnormal. I can only imagine!