My dad likes to say that “Christians leak.” That’s why, he argues, we attend worship services weekly. We need to be reminded, time and again, of the truths of Scripture. We tend to forget God’s power and goodness as the stresses and pains of the world assail us between Monday and Saturday.
As we are unable to gather to be reminded in person of God’s glory, and as we face uncertain days ahead, allow me to offer a quick reminder of several foundational truths.
First, we need a reminder that Jesus is sovereign.
Hebrews 1:3 reminds us that Jesus “is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” The Psalms are replete with affirmations of the sovereign power of the Almighty God. God is in the heavens and He does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3). Neither pandemics nor economic hardships take God by surprise. He is not worried. The entire universe moves at His direction (Colossians 1:15–17). Rest in His sovereign might.
Second, we need a reminder that Jesus is alive.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated Easter. This triumphant truth is what separates Christianity from every other faith system on the planet. Our God lives. Somewhere in the Middle East there is an empty tomb and in heaven there is an occupied throne! Hebrews 1:3 also reminds us, “After making purification for sins, [Jesus] sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Beloved, your God is alive. We do not visit His grave because He is no longer in it.
Third, we need a reminder that Jesus is good.
Be comforted by the truth of Psalm 145:8–9: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.” The Scriptures are the self-revelation of the goodness and glory of God. Trust in His goodness. Take your anxieties to God, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
Fourth, we need a reminder that Jesus is our provider.
I have frequently been ministered to by David’s testimony in Psalm 37:25: “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread.” Are you worried about the state of the economy? Are you anxious about your next paycheck? Have you lost your job? Trust in the Lord. He alone is your provider. He is your help in times of need (Psalm 46:1; 121:2).
Brothers and sisters, please do not let anxiety rule in your heart. We all leak. We forget the truth. But fill yourself today with the steadfast assurance that our God is sovereign, He is alive, He is good, and He will provide for His people.