On March 4, 2020, my husband and I boarded a plane for an eleven-day trip to Israel. While the Coronavirus was making the news when we left, it had not become a factor within the United States. By the time our trip was over, schools and churches were going digital and the President had declared a National state of emergency. We had entered the “new normal.” The entire world has been affected from the new virus. Schools started meeting online. The unemployment rate crept up as people remained homebound. Even the best doctors, scientists, and economists could not predict what might happen in the future.
This has me asking: as we turn to our faith and look to Scripture, does God make any promises through His Word that everything will be alright?
A Time of Uncertainty in Scripture
The night before Jesus was crucified, he offered words of encouragement to his disciples. The atmosphere was one of uncertainty and fear. Jesus knew his upcoming fate. He had disclosed his impending persecution and death to his followers. Several days before, His followers expected Jesus to come into Jerusalem to inaugurate His Messianic rule. Now He was telling them that a picturesque future was not what God ordained. Even so, in John 14-16, Jesus left His disciples with several key truths:
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