I’m torn about how best to write to you today. As we enter a second state of emergency in the province of Ontario, which affects many of our readers, I want to tell you to keep your chin up and your face smiling, that better days are ahead. Or, as the Premier of Ontario said when he announced the new stay-at-home order, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” (Whether he knew it or not, he borrowed that from the late televangelist Robert Schuller!)
However…even though I call this Encouragement From The Word, I’m not here to be a cheerleader. It’s Encouragement From The Word.
So I’m not going to tell you to keep smiling or keep your chin up; I’m not going to tell you to be tough, even though these are not bad pieces of advice.
I’m going to tell you to hold on to the One who holds the future.
I know many people who are acquainted with hardship in these days – and I don’t mean the “hardship” of wearing a mask. I’m talking about sickness – severe sickness – that has left the ill and their family members desperate.
I’ve heard of the heartbreak of people having to drop sick loved ones off at the hospital door, because they are not allowed to accompany them.
I’ve heard of people so focused on the mere act of breathing that nothing else matters. (Remember the old motto of the Lung Association?)
And I wonder: without faith in the living Lord Jesus Christ, who holds the future, who knows tomorrow, how does anyone cope?
We don’t know when things will be better. But they will be better. Trusting Jesus right now makes life better, both for today and for eternity.
In him you will find your strength.
“[T]hose who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40.31, NLT).