O Tempora! Oh, These Times!

O TEMPORA! OH, THESE TIMES!
COVID -19 and 9 –11

“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”
Psalm 115: 3

These events have their similarities. Both came when we as the citizens of the United State of America least expected it. We, as Christian believers of this God who rules over all things, were living such a comfortable and prosperous lifestyle. Why, it did seemed like nothing under heaven could ever interrupt it . . . but it did, didn’t it? Both times the interruption came from beyond our shores affecting every town and city in our country. What do we do now as believers in the all Sovereign God who has not purposed anything for His children that is not for their own good? It is exam time now. Let us ponder whether or not we really believe that God is sovereign. As our freedoms and rights are curtailed and the state governments suggest that we should not leave our homes or gather in large crowds, we realize that these are different and foreboding times, indeed. Sadly, some students have had their higher education suspended by the closing of campuses across the country. Businesses are going out of business laying off many workers. Travel, cruise lines, and the air industry have suffered vast business casualties because of the threat of the coronavirus. Even our food supply is affected as many things we are accustomed to are beyond our reach or limited in number. Though our President once rode a wave of success and our country prospered, our economy has greatly suffered as the stock market wavers back and forth with uncertainty. Our once prosperous economy now seems like only a dream.
Each of us have our own stories of what this situation has cost us. As Christians, though, we all have a testimony of how the Lord has ministered His grace and mercy to us through it. I suppose if nothing else, we should render thanksgiving to the Lord that He has given us a slower lifestyle with more time to enjoy Him in the beauty of His holiness and grace. Are you doing that? I pray that we all are. The situation we are in today is the Lord’s mercy to His children that they remember the arm of flesh will fail them, but “It is the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” (Lamentations 3: 22) Let us remember to “Trust in the Lord . . . and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6) Rely often upon the Comforter who is the Holy Spirit to be your ever present guide into all Truth, and Who faithfully testifies of Christ’s great love for you.