We all want victory! We are praying that we can deal with this current difficulty in a successful way. We are taking drastic measures as a nation to accomplish success in stopping or at least minimizing the effects of this virus. Those in healthcare are strategizing how they can handle a large number of infected people in a successful way. It is a good and proper thing to do.
But may I suggest there is something even better than being the victor in this battle? In Romans 8:35-36 we are reminded that there are a variety of things that can come into our life that can make us doubt that God loves us and can bring us to a position of despair. Then verse 37 says: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” We are not just victors – we are more than that!
The following verses contain one of the greatest promises in scripture to those who have put their faith and trust in Christ: ” For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39 ESV)
Even greater than winning the battles we fight is knowing and experiencing the love of Christ in and through those battles. As you struggle with whatever is particularly difficult for you today, put your confidence in the one who loves you beyond measure. Remember what he endured in his life and death for us and join in what the apostle Paul elsewhere calls the “fellowship of his suffering.” This is an opportunity become more than victorious as we learn to rest in his great love!