Lent is a time for reflection on our transgressions and a time to seek God in all we do, good and bad. For most of us, this is the first time we will be missing Easter celebrations with our church communities. It will possibly be the first time we cannot be with extended family on Easter Day. For me, it’ll be the first time I cannot spend Good Friday in silent reflection gazing upon the stained glass windows that depict the stations of the cross in my silent church or leaving service in complete silence and sadness. We all are grieving in some way or another. As all these “normal” moments in life quietly slip away, how are you responding?
First, let me reassure you, it’s ok to grieve. It’s ok to go to God with our sadness. It’s ok to ask Him to restore your faith. It’s ok to go to Him and confess that you don’t understand what is happening around us. Did you know you can go to Him and tell Him that you are mad?
In the short book of Habakkuk, we witness the conflict between the Lord and one of His prophets. In the first two chapters, Habakkuk argues with God. Yes, argues! He is wrestling with God. Habakkuk questions how such wickedness, strife, and oppression are rampant in Judah while God does nothing. “How long Lord must I call for help, but you do not listen. Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds (Habakkuk 1: 2-3 NIV)!” When God responds, Habakkuk’s confusion and frustration intensify. Despite this exchange, in the end, Habakkuk prays, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength…(Habakkuk 3:19 NIV)”
Others may respond in this crisis, much like Job. Job was one of the wealthiest and most faithful men on the earth. “Then the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” (Job 1:8 NIV)” God essentially permitted Satan to test Job on the condition that Job must remain alive. Here is what happened to Job in one chapter after another (Job 1:13-19)
- His children perished
- His livestock stolen
- Lightning struck killing all the sheep and all the shepherds
- His servants perished
- A storm swept through his house killing more family
- His friends tried to get him to turn his back on God
Job tore his clothes off and fell onto the earth, and worshipped. One attack after another and Job did not sin, and he did not blame God. He questions God on things he possibly cannot understand. And still, through it all, Job recognizes God’s infinite power and remained in faith. God eventually restores all that Job lost with twice as much and blesses him with a remarkably long life.
I pray these two examples can show you that no matter what we are experiencing right now, in this pandemic, we can be like Habakkuk and Job and remain faithful to God.
Are you struggling to stay in faith?
- Serve someone in need.
- Pray for someone else before ourselves.
- Choose to TRUST God in the face of uncertainty.
- REMEMBER God’s abilities.
Let us know how we can pray for you during this season. Leave us a comment or reach out to us on social media.