My, what uncertain times we are living through. Just as we get used to new recommendations concerning behavior and restrictions for gathering in ever smaller groups, things change. And with all these changes come more uncertainty, more anxiety and more fear. There doesn’t seem to be any relief on the horizon. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a horizon. What shall we say about these things?
That is the question the apostle Paul has for us in our scripture for today. In his letter to the Romans, Paul reached out to believers who were facing an uncertain future. Harsh persecution from the Romans and the Jewish authorities had Christians caught in the middle. No matter which way they turned, extreme hardship and suffering was imminent. Still, their faith provided them a sure and certain hope.
Even in the midst of a global health crisis, faith continues to provide Christians with hope. There truly are no earthly powers that can overcome the love of God in Christ Jesus. Not death nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, not even something as widespread as Coronavirus can snatch believers from the hand of God. Through faith, our sure and certain hope is in Jesus Christ. He has overcome the world. There is nothing more powerful than his love.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, fill us with faith that we would live in the sure and certain hope of your love. Amen.