Ephesians 3:20 (NASB) “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, …”
As the final chapter of 2020 is upon us, there will be a number of television programs and media specials doing a 2020 review.
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been front and center in our headlines for at least the last 10 months. We have witnessed the deaths of many celebrities and leaders in government. We also have felt the sting of death much closer to home through the loss of family members, relatives, friends and neighbors.
We saw an election where a record-breaking 150 million people-plus voted. We witnessed the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers win the championships in their respective sports in virtually empty sports venues. We sat through numerous Zoom meetings and were reminded countless times that we could not be heard because our microphone was still on mute.
Yet, what lessons can we take away from such a turbulent, surprising and yes, sometimes unsettling, year? One thing we should be reminded of is that God NEVER loses control —even when we do.
Stocks ebb and flow. But God has still been close enough to us that He yet knows the number of hairs on our head. (Luke 12:7) He knows the circumstances that bring anxiety to our door. He knows how to put those fears to rest with just a few words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)
Secondly, God is ALWAYS able to do something about the troubles that come our way. Luke 1:37 (ERV) “God can do anything!” Rest assured that God did not cause COVID-19. He allowed humanity to experiment as free moral agents. While we are deeply saddened for those who passed from COVID, we are assured that those who died in Christ received life eternal.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health’s Twitter site, as of Nov. 25, there were 347,972 COVID-19 cases in Tennessee. Of those, 308,566 (or 88.7%) have recovered —even with the vaccine not yet in circulation. God was (and still is) answering prayers with healing for so many who face this disease.
For 2021, we should meditate on the fact that whatever comes our way: (1) God is still God and (2) He is yet able to handle those things that are impossible for us.
Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of “Pastor on Post: 30 Devotionals as Published in the Murfreesboro Post.” For more information on his writings go to: andraecrismon.org