God is at Work
In the midst of pandemic and fear, it is easy to allow despair to take root in our hearts. As jobs are lost, and thousands are confined to their homes, it can be easy to wonder where God is, in the middle of such a time of disruption, difficulty, and fear. Why is this level of suffering allowed to happen? What reasoning is there for such an uncomfortable situation?
There is hope.
The Apostle Peter wrote in his first letter to the believers, saying,
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
I have great hope that God is working through this virus, and that through the testing of our faith, we will become more like Christ. One of the most important things that we can do, as believers, is to use this time in the study of God’s word and in (socially distanced!) fellowship. For readers of the Grace Seminary blog, and those who follow our social media accounts, an opportunity has come to do just that.
Please see this note from Walk Thru the Bible:
You are invited to our Walk Thru the Bible Step Into the Story live stream!
Step Into the Story is storying through the Old Testament with teacher Phil Tuttle. Phil combines wit and wisdom as he walks you through the Old Testament and applications for today’s time of crisis and isolation. The sessions will be interactive and engaging; you’ll be up on your feet and you’ll laugh. It’s perfect for all ages; great for families; fun to do in community. There’s no charge at all to watch it. And best of all, you will learn and experience the OT like never before!
We’ve taught this material around the world in churches and schools, in armed services and government settings, and so much more. But it’s the first time it’s ever been brought into homes.
Join us for the FREE Step Into the Story live stream!
What: Streaming on our YouTube channel and Facebook Live
When: April 6-10, with a new session every night
Time: 7:00-7:30 EDT
How: Here are the ways you can watch—
- Watch on YouTube: www.youtube.com/walkthruthebibleusa
- Watch on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/walkthruthebibleusa
Invite: your friends, your family, your church! Make a list of 5 people to watch it with you … with proper social distancing, of course! Other ways to spread the word: host a Facebook watch party; share our Facebook posts with your network; forward this email to your pastor, and more!
We are excited to join in,
as the study of God’s word is one of the most effective ways for our faith to be challenged, and to grow in this time of fear. We hope you will decide to join us as well. Make use of the links provided, and take advantage of some much-needed time in the Word with Walk Thru the Bible.
May God the Father, the Great Physician, give you grace and peace,
Blended M.Div, Pastoral Studies