In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:6-7
Thank You God for this pandemic:
1. That is slowing down the world. . .
So we have the time to notice that You are God. That You are real. That You care. That You are in control. You are King of kings and Lord of lords.
2. That is drawing families together.
Time spent realizing what a blessing our spouses and children are and that their lives are precious.
Building the family unit stronger by time spent together.
3. For Fear. . .
That leads to seeking You. Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
That is drawing people to streaming church services.
That is drawing Your church back to prayer. And others are seeking you in prayer.
That is unifying and refocusing the body of Christ.
4. That outreach is happening. . .
Through phone calls.
Being intentional about connecting.
5. For reminding us what the church is:
“and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,” 1Peter 1:8
By our attitude of rejoicing during this trial, we bring glory to God.
And the hope we have that through this many will come to salvation.
“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.” Roman’s 13:11
“for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Roman’s 10:10
Continually Seeking Him,