Friday, 13 March 2020 22:31

Refined by Fire

6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pet. 1:6–9 ESV)

The dire news reports keep coming. Schools are closing. Store shelves are depleted of many items. These are strange and trying times, and they give us an opportunity to examine ourselves under pressure. There is so much that is unknown about this coronavirus, and it's easy to let the fears rise within us. Our faith is being tested. It will not only be measured, it may also be refined and strengthened.

This global crisis will eventually pass. It will not leave us unchanged. We may learning better ways of coping with future outbreaks. It will likely make us appreciate our blessings. Some will loose loved ones and deal with grief. I pray that our faith might grow; that we might remember our dependence on God, admit the fragility of our faith, and discover deeper joy in the Lord.

Let's take the prudent precautions: handwashing, social distancing, and so forth. But let's speak, serve others and pray as those who know that our souls are in Christ's hands. It would be wonderful to find a vaccine for this virus. It would be even more wonderful if our faith might be refined, and that many souls would turn to Jesus and find life everlasting.

In Him,

Pastor Dave