Written by: Sophia Roman
Article source: JOY! Magazine

Where is God when things go wrong? I can just imagine how frequently this question must be asked. It is now 8 months down the lockdown line and Covid-19 seems to have lessened its devastation – we all hope and pray. When will we be able to fully live without any effect or fear of this virus?

Unknown and unprecedented times
In March we moved from our normal life to a hard nationwide lockdown, not able to leave our houses without permits. In September, 6 months later, we moved to Lockdown Level 1. This journey has been different for all of us across the country. It has been said that we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Our boats are different sizes and are built differently. So many have suffered loss, death, loss of jobs, salary cuts, economic challenges, and so much more. Where is God in all of this? What will the future hold? There are so many “Why?” questions in many people’s hearts.

Where is God really?
Where is grace bestowed when several members in one family get buried week after week? How good is God really? How can we wake up with hope, grace, and joy? How will we live life again in the midst of broken dreams and so much loss? All of these disappointments and despair – just the thought of it sags our shoulders and hearts. However, when we look close enough we will see God and feel His nearness in every situation – a lifestyle of thanksgiving and dependency is the Will of God.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

It is time to say thank you
The only One who can heal our ‘soul holes’ is God Himself, with His balm of grace and His oil of joy. There is so much to be thankful for. It is in the bad times and in the sad times when we need to take stock and pen down the things that we are thankful and grateful for. Even amidst all the losses, all is not lost.

God’s Will is for us to be thankful
The Apostle Paul instructs us that “in every situation” we ought to be thankful, no matter what our circumstances are. He actually says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that this is God’s Will for us. When our souls are wounded and we do not feel like being thankful, Paul says to be. Herein lies our victory. If we could just take some time and look long enough we will find so much to be thankful for. To be thankful “in every situation” means that we need to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. We need to pray our way through the day. We will be ever aware of His blessings when we are prayerful. It is in this act of obedience when become more and more grateful for the ‘little’ gifts and blessings in our life. This lifestyle increases our joy as we share it with others, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

It is time to be a refresher
“Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25. The key to being refreshed is to refresh others, and we too will be refreshed. It simply means that when we share our journey of thanksgiving in the midst of our circumstances, in so doing we restore strength, revive, stimulate, and replenish others. Our joy then becomes complete and our strength is renewed. In the midst of trouble we will see God and experience Him. He is near to those who call upon Him. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

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Sophia Roman is a pioneer, visionary and life transformation coach. Sophia and her husband, Theo, pastor the West Reach AOG Church in Mitchells Plain.

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