Since the month of March, many people’s lives, schedules, and plans have changed due to Covid19. The country experienced a pandemic, shutdown, loss of jobs, working from home, school closures, mandatory mask wearing, hand sanitizing, and social distancing. Most people have experienced an “interruption” into what they would call their “normal life.” Consequently, Covid19 has easily contributed to a lot of anxiety, insecurity, and even depression. Due to that, some may be simply wondering, “Where is God?” “Why has He not fixed my problems yet?” “Has He forgotten about me in this trial?”
To be sure, God has not left us to suffer or struggle without His presence. There is no doubt that we have been called on to be patient in trials, especially Covid19. Furthermore, if we are true believers in Christ, we can confidently approach God and ask Him for help. For instance, Psalm 25:16-18 says, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.” God is always there for us, even in our times of difficult circumstances. He wants us to seek Him during all of our woes and hurts.
The Psalmist writes, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.” (Psalm 25:1-3) There is hope in waiting on God because we know He will answer. In fact, He will answer our many requests in His perfect timing according to His will. Our responsibility is to trust Him. Someone may ask, “What does it mean to put your trust in God?” The answer to that question can be summed up by what is known as “total abandonment.” Meaning, we totally abandon everything we trust in and truly wait and trust in Him. Just to reiterate, Psalm 25:1 says, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” It is totally trusting and giving all to Him; things such as worries, stresses, anxiety, insecurities, depression, and all of the good times, we praise Him and submit to Him. A lot of times we tend to forget Him when all is well, however, we should seek Him in the good times and bad times.
In conclusion, having patience is hard. We do not normally go out “seeking” patience, but are taught it through many of life’s circumstances. God uses those circumstances to teach us to trust Him and wait on Him. Even though it is not easy, we care called to wait on God.