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Do You Have Hope In Him

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

How are you doing?

How’s your quarantine going?

Do you have enough food at home?

These are the questions I got from my family every day for the past couple weeks. They are in China and are picturing US like this:

I can understand where they are coming from, just as how concerned my friends were when I was in Beijing back in January. And this is what I saw in the news:

This is what I saw when walking Sugar

Which of the above reflects your current world?

As of today, there are 1.4 million people got infected, and 81,857 of them died. Losing a loved one is a heart-breaking experience, and a life changing event. We are talking about this event happened 81,857 times within the past three months. That’s tens of thousands of broken families and millions of broken hearts. I couldn’t imagine how my coworker is going to make it. His uncle, aunt, nephew, and father all passed away last month, and his mother is still in ICU. My friend's father is currently in hospital, and his mother is experiencing mild symptoms as well. I can't help, but ask:

" Lord, why are so many people suffering? You paused the world, and are leaving millions of people with desperation"

"Wait, I didn't make them desperate. Are you desperate?" "No, I'm not. For I have hope in you. Even if I die, I know where I'm going, and I know that you will be taking good care of my family"

"Then who are desperate?"

"Those who do not have hope in you?"

"They do not have hope, because they choose not to..."

I received the message from the group chat that Mr. Dave was doing some yard work the other day. I’m thinking, if he pulls some fences out, cuts some bushes, plants some flowers, would anyone have any problems? Probably not, because he is the owner of the house, everything is his and he has the right to do so. Then what is my problem? Why am I questioning God? Didn't God create everybody. Is he the one who has the right to decide when to take who where. Isn’t death happening every single day anyways. Aren’t we all going to die some day.

Romans 8:28 says "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them". Right, everything works together. It is not too late to accept Jesus, and it is not too late to pray for those who haven't done so. Thank you Lord, thank you for giving everybody plenty of chances to come to you and have hope in you.

Do you have hope in him?

Do you have anybody in particular that you would like us to pray for?

Share in the comments below, for John 14: 13-14 says "You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!"

Let's ask together.

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Matt Garrison
Matt Garrison
08 de abr. de 2020

It is interesting to think how even as Christians, many would prefer to approve of the "circumstances of their demise", to phrase it differently. :)

In as much as I am able (which I hope improves each year), I seek what the Lord has for me from His Word and from biblical friends and leaders. When crises arises, I don't have to wonder if what I am asking for is something such "that the Son can bring glory to the Father" as it says John 14. I am able to confidently, but humbly, make my requests to God in those moments without hesitation.

This has been a journey for me in my own life, to not simply think, "oh... is…

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