At times of great uncertainty, it is very interesting to observe human behaviour. In recent days, as we respond to coronavirus (known as COVID-19), there have been instances of hysteria and panic which have resulted in stock-piling certain goods. For those who have reacted in a more measured way, it is difficult to escape an undercurrent of anxiety and tension.
One of the most revealing things about the reaction is how well people can prepare when they sense trouble ahead which is one of the most bewildering parts of our culture – how can society spring into such a focussed attitude of preparedness in response to the prospect of being infected with a virus while being so indifferent about the more important questions of life – questions that will certainly affect us all.
- Why is the world such a mess?
- What happens when we die?
- Who created this world?
- Why have I been given life?
- How will we fare at judgment day when we come face-to-face with the Lord?
If nothing else, the times we are living in certainly confirm the fragility and brevity of life – but what happens next?! Deep down, most people can sense there is more to life than a meaningless and random existence that simply comes to an end at some point – what is life all about and what should I do about it?
Danny was preaching at St Andrew’s Baptist Church yesterday and spoke on a short passage that helps us focus heavenward during a difficult time – feel free to listen below:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)