Many devastating events have occurred worldwide since the COVID-19 virus reached the level of a pandemic. Today let us focus on how the Coronavirus has personally impacted us. Acknowledging the hardships of life does not weaken our faith, nor does it reflect that we are ungrateful for our blessings.
Nehemiah chapter 8 tells us of the intense grief that the Israelites felt when hearing the Law of God. The acknowledgment of their sins against God caused remorse to the point that they became sorrowful and began to weep. At that point, they were feeling hopeless, that all was lost, and they had nowhere to turn. But that is when God intervened and gave instructions that renewed their faith and hope: He said to them, “Go and eat delicacies and drink sweet drinks and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared. For this day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Now that we have acknowledged that our spiritual journey includes adversities, what is our next step?
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; Psalm 34:17-19
Prayer is our next step! Faith in God is necessary for us to move forward despite the impact of our tribulations. After praying, we wait on the Lord, and during that time, we praise and thank God for His never-ending love, grace, and mercies. Believe in Him, and you will receive the victory!
Sing to the LORD, O you, His saints, and praise His holy name. 5 For His anger is fleeting, but His favor lasts a lifetime.” Weeping may stay the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5
King Solomon provides further instruction for the Believer’s outlook on life:
Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. Ecclesiastes 5:18
From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Word of God continuously provides us with proof that God cares, He provides, and that He never abandons us. God also desires that we are content, have peace, and inner joy.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
Since most of our adversities impact us financially and leave us without enough money, God gives us specific instructions:
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
In July, we received notification from Social Security in Jamaica, NY, that they were withholding all of my husband’s benefits because of an overpayment. The decision to retract the existing repayment agreement came as a surprise. Since 2019, we have adhered to the agreed upon repayment schedule with automatic deductions. The letter was filled with intimidating misinformation ending with the determination to cease all benefits until April of 2021.
Last year my husband had two complete bathroom remodeling contracts, which sustained us until July of this year. Since April, my husband has not received any further remodeling contracts, which caused us to live off the last of our savings. We prayed, asked God for the knowledge to file an appeal, and trusted in God for provisions.
Like the widow who had one last portion to make bread for her and her son, knowing that they would die of starvation, God intervened. Read 1 Kings 17:7-16. We prayed, asked God for the knowledge to file an appeal, and trusted in God for daily provisions.
And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. John 14:13-14
God is great! God is awesome! We had family and friends that not only helped us financially; they began to pray for our situation. Are you ready for the impossible to become possible? Then pray and believe! God knows our circumstances, but He is waiting for us to approach Him with humble hearts, ask, believe, and wait for Him to unleash His power.
Now for the rest of the story, we filed a 45-page Appeal, waited, and thanked God for His Divine Intervention. Our miracle: Not only was part of the overpayment waived, but the monthly repayment amount was also reduced by 50%, and my husband’s benefits will be reinstated next month in October.
Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he. I am he who will sustain you. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you, and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4
I share this testimony because we experienced a life-changing event that left us as babies who are fully dependent on their parents or caregivers. Having nothing is where God needed to take us so that we would give up all self-reliance and faithfully depend on Him for our needs.
Yes, COVID-19 has impacted our income, but it has not affected the love, grace, mercies, or power of our Heavenly Father. God has proven that He never, ever fails on His promises.
All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 2 Corinthians 4:15
The life of a Believer will always include suffering; even so, we are not alone. Never give up. Our situation placed us at the crossroads; would we faithfully rely and wait on God, or would our self-reliance continue? God brought us to our knees, which is how we should walk through life. Through Divine Intervention, He provided and gave glory and honor to Himself, which He rightfully deserves. We were blessed with a happy ending.
Do not give up! God loves you! Believe in our Jehovah Jireh-our Provider. He has planned an even happier ending. Jesus is coming soon!
36 You need to persevere so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.” Hebrews 10:36-37
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 17:7-16
God, we praise your Holy Name. We are thankful for the gifts of your love, grace, and mercies. We pray that you will provide for the deficits that we are experiencing. Please help us to believe in you, and to live a faith-based life. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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