Yesterday was Easter, and I hope you had a wonderful time spending it with your family. As I was listening to the Easter service, I was reminded of the rhythm of resurrection. This rhythm shows up every year in the transition from Winter to Spring and also in seasons of our lives. I want to encourage you today that the day of resurrection will come in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to share a note of encouragement with you today in place of the regular blog post.
The Rhythms of Resurrection Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic
Right now, we’re in a season of loss. Like the winter snow blanketing our yards and stripping our gardens of what they need to survive, so is this pandemic stripping us. There are tangible losses like the loss of health and life. If you or someone you know are walking through a loss like that right now, my prayers are with you. Becky and I spend a lot of time in prayer during this season, even more so than usual. Our hearts ache for God’s people. I encourage you to pick up the practice of prayer. Whether it’s been a day, a month, or years since you’ve spoken with God. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This situation is scary, but the peace of God can bring you home.
We are also suffering a financial loss. America, right now, has the highest recorded unemployment rate in history. The stock market is far from stable and healthy. Crisis’ like this always come unexpected, so many have lost money in their investments or their businesses. I remain hopeful that the economy will pick up fairly quickly once the pandemic is over, but that doesn’t discount the pain you may be feeling now.
We are also experiencing a spiritual loss. There are young people whose senior years have been disrupted. Their hopes for a bright and secure future now seem impossible. Entrepreneurs and business owners have had to lay off staff and close their doors. We are more isolated than we have ever been. We are physically unable to have contact with those we’d see in our day to day lives. Hope can be hard to find right now.
But the beauty of the resurrection story is that there is always hope. The three days after Jesus was crucified were dark, and His disciples were hopeless. The man they had put their faith in and bet their lives on being the Messiah lay dead in an unmarked grave. But, like the flowers pushing through the late March snow, Jesus rose from the dead and proved that our faith was not misplaced. He is the savior of the world, and He can redeem any situation.
Genesis 50:20 says, “But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.” We will experience loss, but I believe that God will work all these things together for our good. He will not let this trial be wasted. I am reminded of the story of Job, who suffered more loss than many of us will suffer in ours. At the end of his story in the Bible it says, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.” (Job 42:12).
We can have hope that Jesus will redeem this situation. The dead parts of our lives will be resurrected, and the latter part of our lives will be more blessed than the former. Though I can’t tell you when that time will come, I can tell you that it will. Hold onto that hope and the faith we have put in Christ Jesus.
Navigating the New Normal Livestream
For the past three weeks, Becky and I have been going live on Saturday’s. The purpose is to offer strong words of advice pertaining to business, real estate, the stock market, and our current economic situation. We are so thrilled by the positive response that we have decided to offer a free livestream every week! We believe it’s very important to share knowledge and wisdom with each other during this time. With that being said, encourage you to keep bringing your business, real estate, and other questions to the comment section. If you want to catch up on previous livestreams, all you have to do is visit my YouTube channel. To watch this week’s livestream, navigate over to the wealthbuilders.org homepage to register or tune in through my Facebook page. Becky and I look forward to speaking to you again this week!