“Wouldn’t it be great if we never had to go to school again”? “I would love to never have to work at my job again, I could just stay at home and not have to go anywhere ever again”. “My family drives me crazy; it would be so nice if they never came over to visit”. “How come we always have to go to church every Sunday, why can’t we worship here at home and do our own thing”?
Maybe we have all had these thoughts cross our minds, some for a brief moment and for others, a constant and earnest desire. The Apostle Paul wrote these important words to help us when we are struggling with life as we know it, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” – Philippians 4:11. Not only that, but he also wrote, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Being content and thankful when things are not going as well as we would like is hard, but certainly possible as Paul reminds us, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13. Life at school, at the workplace, personal relationships with family and friends, and even at church can all be very difficult, but God wants to use all these situations as His “classroom” to teach us how to be more like Christ as we testify of His love for us.
In the many days that we have been isolated by the Coronavirus, I trust that God has reminded us how much we should be cherishing our times when we could be together. Jesus said in John 15:17, “These things I command you, that ye love one another.” Loving others can be hard work, but it is exactly what we need to do to please our Savior, who loved us enough to die for our sins and give us eternal life!
When you do finally go back to school, your job, and your church, and when you can have your home open for visits; purpose to be content and thankful even when things are difficult and love each other like you never have before. God will be honored, and we’ll spend less time wishing we were alone!