Articles by Stan Dean

Solid Truths In Strange Times

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This is a strange time we are going through isn’t it? Until recent days most of us had never heard the word “coronavirus,” but now it is a part of almost every conversation. We are also becoming more familiar with other words and phrases like pandemic, social distancing and self-quarantining.

This is not the first pandemic illness to occur in history, but the only one you and Ihave experienced with this kind of impact on almost every aspect of our lives. We have never known recommendations from our government like we are now experiencing. And of course there is still a lot of uncertainty for everyone about how it will affect our population’s health in days to come and how long it will last. But regardless, with God’s help, this too shall pass!

With that being said, I believe there is something to be learned from every experience in life whether good or bad and this one is no exception. So as I sit here in the solitude of my office, here are a few thoughts that come to my mind.

First, on any given day, life is fragile and uncertain. We do not have to have a pandemic illness for our lives to get turned upside down. I think of the people I know that in the last few weeks have tragically lost loved ones and those who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses or those who are dealing with other personal crises. However, in all of this, we can take heart because we have a loving God who promises to see us through whatever comes our way (cf. Hebrews 13:5, 6; 1 Peter 5:7). Like the familiar adage states, “I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow.”

Second, even in troubling times, let us never forget that God is in control (cf. Psalm 113: 4-6). We may not understand why some things happen as they do in life. Further, we may never find the answers we are looking for in the here and now. Yet we can have confidence that God, in His time, will one day right all the wrongs of this world (cf. Revelation 21:1-5).

And finally, it is spiritually healthy for us to be reminded periodically of what is really important in life. Let’s be honest and admit that we are spoiled. We have so much and we are used to doing pretty well whatever, whenever we want- - and we like it that way. However, these privileges can easily skew our priorities. So a situation like this can serve as a reality check of our purpose in life. The Bible teaches clearly that “The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

So, let us pray that this virus will be short-lived and soon forgotten. But let us long remember the truths which can be learned from it!



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