James 1:2-8 (NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
By John Grimm
Trials? What trials? That seems to be one approach to living through this pandemic. We know of men and women who are no longer involved in any church, of any kind, because of restrictions placed upon churches during this pandemic. Instead of facing trials, some men and women have tried to avoid any trial during the pandemic.
Trials! What trials! That’s a different approach. Yes, we have placed restrictions upon churches during this pandemic. But in the midst of all of that, consider what God has helped us learn. We can be disciples of Christ during this pandemic through active participation in church.
Before this pandemic, I had never pastored a church during a pandemic. I am sure that before this pandemic, you did not know how to live through a pandemic. We can expect God to give us wisdom so that we may become mature in Christ during this pandemic.
If we are avoiding trials, then are we double-minded and unstable in all we do? Faith in God was possible before the pandemic. Faith in God is possible through the pandemic. Once we leave the pandemic behind, we should find our perseverance is closer to finishing its work in us.
God, thank you that you have been with us through this pandemic. When we asked you for wisdom about how to face trials caused by this pandemic, you have generously given to us! What a joy it is to be alive during a pandemic and see how you continue to give to us! May our brothers and sisters in Christ who are not involved in church because of the pandemic find this joy that we have from placing our faith in you. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.