I had a very godly grandmother who was widowed at a young age, losing my grandfather who was the love of her life. My mother was just five years old at the time. I grew up hearing many stories of how my grandfather lived out his Christian faith in their church and community before he died.
Grandma Burnham had lived through the Great Depression, spending twenty-seven years of her life as a teacher and eventually the principal of their local elementary school. Later in life, she was remarried twice to devout Christian men and went on to endure the sorrow of being widowed two more times.
A few years before her passing when I was going through some personal struggles, I asked her how she had survived so much pain in her life. She said, “Nolan, I have learned that no matter how difficult my life seems at the time, there is always someone else who is going through something worse. I have just determined that if they can make it with God’s help, then I can too! Better days are always ahead.” My grandmother was telling me in her own words that if you seek God, “this too shall pass.”
Our country’s current season of trials causes me to consider Grandma Burnham’s advice that is validated by years of experience and wisdom.
As fears surrounding COVID-19 abound, questions have rebounded from every corner of our society. Answers to those questions have come from every conceivable nook and cranny of Christendom. Thoughts have come in from sources ranging from outspoken intellectuals to people in prophetic circles. Articles and even books have been written and published through an innovative new high-speed process. In addition, we are hearing from Bible college professors, seasoned pastors, and denominational leaders. They all seem to have different answers to the true question behind all the questions surrounding “why”?
Everyone is asking God why thousands have died, why so many people are suffering, and why are there are still fears hanging out there about the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19, or of the possibility that a mutation of the virus is now infecting children.
The wisest conclusion – one that has been declared by many – is that while God did not do this, He did allow it.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness