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What Are You Learning From The Coronavirus?

How many of you during the past two months have asked, “Why is this happening?”  Everything in life is designed to help you grow up spiritually—the good, the bad, the ugly.  So, instead of asking, “God, why is this happening?” we need to ask, “God, what do you want me to learn from this?”

As Christians, God allows us to go through our life experiences for a purpose.  Nothing happens in our life just as a mistake or by accident.  Life is not a series of random, freak accidents. Life is not totally unplanned. Life is not without meaning. God knows what’s going on. Nothing can come into the life of a child of God without God’s permission. Instead, everything is Father-filtered.

1 Peter 1:6-7 “…you are temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials and temptations. 7  This is no accident—it happens to prove your faith…” (PH).

We don’t usually realize it when we’re in the situation and may not want to admit it even  afterward, but every problem has a greater purpose: God uses problems to prove our faith. To make it stronger. To help us grow spiritually.

James 1:2-3 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  3  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (NLT)

James isn’t telling us here to be joyful because of our troubles.  That would be sadistic.  Instead, we are to have joy in the fact that God is able to work even through the troubles we experience in life and use them for our benefit. That’s the good news!

Joy isn’t having perfect circumstances in your life.  If that were the case, none of us would ever experience joy, because none of us have ever experienced perfect circumstances.  Being a Christian is realizing that even though you may lose  everything, you can still have joy.

Hebrews 10:34b You even had joy when all that you owned was taken from you, because you knew you had something better and more lasting. (NCV)

As Christians, what we have is a lot better than things.  That’s because it lasts longer.  It’s not here today and gone tomorrow.  It’s not like money, your health, your possessions or your career.  It’s knowing you are forgiven of your sins and saved from hell because of Jesus Christ.  It’s having the character of Christ in your life!  Those are the things that are “better and more lasting.”

It doesn’t require any faith or character when things are going well in your life.  So, God allows you to go through trials or trouble to stretch your faith and develop your character.

Romans 5:3-4trouble produces patience, and patience produces character, and character produces hope.  (NCV)

The things you wish were removed from your life (like the troubles associated with the Coronavirus) are often the very things God uses to shape you and make you into the believer he wants you to be. No matter what the cause, the purpose of every problem is to help us become more like Christ.

Romans 8:29 From the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son… (LB)

So, here’s the question: What is God teaching you during this Coronavirus pandemic?   Anything?  Nothing?  How have you grown in character during the last two months?  In what way?  Are you becoming more like Jesus Christ?

How can you tell when you’re becoming more like Jesus?  The evidence can be seen in what your life is producing.

Galatians 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23  gentleness and self-control… (NIV)

These are the qualities God wants to build in our life. Which ones are you learning and which ones is God still working on in your life? Are you exhibiting more or less of the fruit of the Spirit in your life now, than you were before the Coronavirus outbreak?

The effects of the Coronavirus isn’t going to be over soon.  It’s probably going to impact our life for many more months, if not years to come.  God isn’t going to help you become like Jesus in just a day, a month or a year.  It’s going to take the rest of your life because it’s a process.

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