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“How can we be the church with all these restrictions in place”? Versions of that question are being legitimately asked by many believers today. The truest answer is tied to a believer’s confidence in God’s sovereign power to use the challenges of this life to advance His eternal purposes.
Most Biblical stories contain some component of God working His providential purposes through earthly, government overreach. Consider the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of the “overreaching” Egyptian tyranny of slavery. Note the high percentage of the kings of Israel who overextended their greedy, leadership over God’s chosen people. The captivity of God’s people under the Assyrians and Babylonians are dark chapters of Biblical history in which God still worked through the devastating overreach of foreign, conquering nations. Even the Christmas story itself is chalked full of government intrusion. It begins with a Roman tax that forced Joseph and Mary to make a providential, prophetically-fulfilling trip to Bethlehem, as well as the holy family fleeing to Egypt shortly after Christ’s birth to escape the clutches of a jealously overreaching King Herod.
It is understandable that many of us feel frustrated with what we might consider the current government overreach during this pandemic. But we cannot forget that God is still working and it is within the designs of God’s providence that His people become zealous about graciously advancing His good news of hope regardless (and perhaps even BECAUSE) they are enduring seismic changes in their familiar patterns.
To paraphrase a thought from a 19th-century author, “God would not be big enough to be worshipped if He were small enough to be always understood.” It is clear that every season of our lives is an opportunity to grow in our trust in God and take the next steps toward advancing His eternal purposes in our own lives. Even as you read this, God is at work...
Genesis 50:20: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”