I recently posted the following message on my FaceBook page: ** Coronavirus Alert ** Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible. My reason for doing so is the same as for this post. My impression is that many Christians are misled on what is important in our current situation with the coronavirus.
Complaints about face masks and stay-at-home mandates are rampant. Here is what surprises me though… I’m hearing these complaints frequently from Christians.
The God who died to purchase us commands us to “do all things without grumbling or disputing” (Phil. 2:14). Paul explains that we are to do this “so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15). Therefore, how can we possibly be pleasing God by complaining about masks/staying at home?
Knowing God is working good in all things should halt our complaining thoughts and words. Complaining is basically being mad at God whether we want to call it that or not. It says, “You don’t know what You’re doing, God, and I don’t like the impact on me!”
The magnificent truth is that God does know what He’s doing (Rom. 11:33-36, Isa. 55:8-9), and He’s workIng good in all things.
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.
”All things” includes our current circumstances. It includes face masks if that’s what our government requires (Rom. 13:1-2). It includes staying at home if that’s what our government requires. Neither of these things violates God’s commands. Here’s a question though… Can God work good from all this complaining? He can, and He will, but it causes me to shudder when I consider how He might do it. Perhaps, it will be as with the complaining Israelites during their wandering in the desert.
Amos describes multiple trials God sent to His people in order to get them to return to Him (Amos 4). God wanted a revival. Is it possible that this is God’s desire now as well? Are we turning to Him? Are we encouraging others to turn to Him? Is this our focus? It doesn’t seem so based on the complaints.
Our focus as Christians should not be on the debate about face masks and staying at home, lighting fires of anger. Rather, we should be focused on being lights for the gospel as we look to God to work good from our circumstances. Let’s be sparks for a revival rather than wet blankets that smother it.
Question for Reflection selected from “Learning to Be Content“:
What truths about God help you to focus on His goodness rather than on your feelings about difficult circumstances? Memorize a key verse that proclaims this truth.