When you have to wait, by Dr. Charles Stanley

Is God Trying to Get Our Attention?

For weeks, we have been searching for a solution to the coronavirus. With the best minds in the field of medicine and science diligently at work, we are yet to find a cure for this deadly virus.

But could there be an answer we have overlooked? Or only thought about briefly?

Consider a possible solution clearly given to us in the Word of God. Think about these words from the One who has created all things:

“‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa. 55:8-9).

We have a God to turn to, and He does not lie. This is the God about whom the Holy Scripture declares, “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all” (Psalm 103:19).

That means He is in control of all things at all times. You may not believe He is in control, because some things that have happened have been so difficult and painful.

But our lack of understanding does not mean that God is unaware or doesn’t care about what is going on. He does not promise that we will always understand His ways.

We know God does not do this out of evil, but to get our attention.

We do not even fully understand COVID-19. About the time we think we have a cure for this deadly virus, we realize we don’t.

So, just because we do not understand God’s ways does not mean we should ignore His promises and admonitions.

Has God given us a solution in His Word? Read the following words that Almighty God gave His people centuries ago:

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place” (2 Chron. 7:13-15).

We need the wisdom and mercy of God, and He offers it to us.

This is not to diminish in any way the efforts of thousands of people around the world who are working hard for a cure. God certainly works through them too.

But is the Lord trying to get our attention? Notice how He takes personal responsibility. Three times, He says, “If I.”

“If I shut up the heavens … ”
“If I command the locust … ”
“If I send pestilence among My people … ”

And the last verse of this chapter says, “‘Because they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers … He has brought all this adversity on them’” (2 Chron. 7:22).

We know God does not do this out of evil, but to get our attention. By outward adversity, He reveals our inward brokenness and offers us His salvation and loving healing.

The truth is, yes, this virus is deadly. But there is so much more that is destroying us from the inside. People are angry and fearful, without hope or identity. What if this has all come so we will call to Him? Turn from the wicked ways that are destroying us? And find true peace, healing, and freedom in Him?

I ask you, What is your relationship to God and His Son, Jesus Christ? Have you ever confessed your sins before the Lord Jesus and accepted Him as your personal Savior, so your prayers will be heard? Have you given God His rightful place in your life?

How much would be cured—even beyond the coronavirus—if we as a nation humbled ourselves before God, repented of our sins, and surrendered our lives to Him? Let us take this opportunity to turn to Him and find out how good He truly is.

This is the time to cry out to God for His mercy and forgiveness.

ABOUT DR.CHARLESSTANLEY Dr. Charles F. Stanley joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Atlanta in 1969 and became senior pastor in 1971. In 1982, Stanley...

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