The Covid-19 pandemic has brought changes to our lives. Working from home has become a new norm and mask wearing has become a default for all. For the past one and the half years, we were subjected to “roller coaster rides” from our first national “Circuit Breaker” lockdown to the subsequent phases of heightened alert which had brought uncertainties and disruptions in our daily lives. The regular Antigen Rapid Test (ART) self-testing is now a requirement for many who need to work permanently in office.
As believers, we are not spared from our current shifting situation. Is our faith being swayed left and right in this time where the only constant is change? Do we sink into despair when something works against us and are unable to cope with change?
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NIV)
6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7For we live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
These verses remind us that we have a constant hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. As believers we should focus on the salvation that we have been given through the redemption of Jesus Christ. We should be joyful as God has prepared for us an eternal home. We are currently just in transition. When we turn our eyes to the Lord away from this world, we can experience the peace because we have been given hope.
How do we apply the above to our lives? It means listening intently to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and doing what He directs. Believe and trust God with all our hearts that He will provide. It means not being swayed according to what happens before our eyes in this temporal world. It means even in the most difficult circumstances, maintaining our obedience of our hearts to Jesus. As we live by faith, verse 8 says we can be confident and pleased to be absent from body and to be present with the Lord.
The Lord is at the driver seat, He is in control. Nothing happens without the Lord knowing. God is omnipresent and omniscient; the Alpha and Omega. We thank you Jesus as we are in His good loving and gracious hands. We thank you that we are the children of God.
Let us strive to be full of hope by living by faith and not by sight and give those who despair a reason for our hope.
Leo Deng Yong