It’s been nearly six months since COVID turned our world upside down, and today I want to share a few reflections on what these devotionals have done for me.
On April 20 of this year, I penned the first devotional in the COVID-19 devotional series. It was meant to be a short series – a way to help my LifeGroup walk through the unknown.
I had no idea, I would hit the 100th devotional. The creation of this series was harder than I could have ever imagined.
Navigating through the unknown, and seeing people struggle broke my heart and I didn’t know where to begin.
When God tapped my heart to write, I thought it was a short term assignment, but I was wrong. As the pandemic and lockdown’s drug on, I continued to write.
It all began with me opening my Bible and searching for all the highlighted verses.
As I wrote them down, I added a theme to them – worry, generosity, healing, strength, and the list goes on. Now, they live on a spreadsheet.
Scripture is refreshing and comforting. I typically write Sunday to Thursday with each evening a reflection of what has happened during the day. Most days the practical application for the next day’s devotion surfaced sometime during my day.
When we neared post 52, I felt that God say it was time to conclude the series, and I wrote the Doxology and thought that was the end of the series.
The pandemic continued and I felt God tap my heart again and to begin writing. And now, we find ourselves here at devotional 100.
Today, we look at one of my favorite verses. The author says,
“Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”Hebrews 10:36
This verse begs us to press on and not give up. The author doesn’t say endurance by itself will get there.
No…he says patient endurance. Any runner will tell you that endurance is the key to success in races. Endurance is developed through training, practice, and testing.
As a former coach, that is probably why I love this verse. Coaches endure the ups and downs of their athletes. They see the potential in their athletes before they see it, and guide them to success.
But…it requires patience. Push too hard too soon, and they are gone.
As you develop strength and endurance, you press on toward a goal, just like we do in our lives. We press on – in the good times and the challenging ones.
This pandemic has not broken us, it has developed endurance in us. We adapt and grow through these challenges.
The pain of those who have COVID, gotten COVID, lost their lives, or been hit by the economic downturn are horrific.
Take heart friends, God sees all. He saw this coming, and He wants us to patiently endure through this time so we develop endurance.
The pandemic will not be with us forever, but God is at work around us and in us during this time.
Do not forge the end of today’s verse – you will receive all that He has promised you. The best is yet to come, and He is with you.
Thanks for being part of this devotional series, I hope this series has encouraged your heart. Never forget that God is with you!
Prayer: Lord, thanks for the message to patiently endure in the good times and in our struggles. We ask you to end this pandemic quickly. Help us to walk beside others during this time. Thanks for the promises that are new each day. Amen!