We don't have a choice of circumstances, but we can choose to face whatever happens with a state of mind. God doesn't promise that the sky will always be blue, but he says, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I stepped up my study for an exam in theology I was planning to take, but I was afraid that my year-long efforts would be in vain. Worry filled my heart, but God showed me he commanded Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
After Moses, Joshua went on to lead the people across the Jordan River and take over the land of Canaan. Facing so many people and unknown dangers ahead, God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. Joshua's name, given by God, was "Jehovah is salvation." God had promised him that just as he was with Moses, he would be with him, and he would never leave him or forsake him. God wanted him to know that he was not alone, God was with him, and he should be strong and courageous and obey all the laws Moses had commanded. God's promise comes with power, not only for Joshua, but for everyone who believes in him!
Now that worship services have been suspended, how do we not become spiritually weak during this period of time? First, we need to return to our faith itself. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. The branch withers when it is not a part of the vine, and it bears fruit only when it is connected to the tree. We can understand God's heart by reading the Bible, praying, and praising him. Secondly, we need to have spiritual partners. With our spiritual partners, we can encourage and pray for each other, challenge each other, and read the Scriptures together. If we can't see each other often, WeChat contact is ok, and we will always find the way that is best for us.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)
- Translated by Sophia Chen