Dear Christian,I hope this letter finds you well. Our health is certainly important to us. I also hope this letter finds your family and your friends well.
“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.” Philippians 4:10-14 ESV
When Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, he was writing not about some little verse we say to encourage each other to play sports or to follow our dreams. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but his intent was far deeper. “God has taught me how to be content, even when I am hungry or sick or even dying.” We, simply put, have God on our side.
So Christian, I write this to you to do a few things.First, I want to encourage you. God is sovereign. He is powerful. No virus can stymie His purpose. No disease can defeat Him. As bleak as it may look, God is still God and He is still on the throne of Heaven.
Second, I want you to remember not to fear. Countless times in scripture we are told not to fear. We have the most powerful Being on our side; how, then, can we be afraid of anything? Even death holds no dominion, because through His sacrifice and resurrection, Jesus has defeated Death.
Maybe that means doing grocery shopping for someone who is sick or elderly. Maybe it means doing yard work or odd jobs in your community for people who cannot do it themselves. Maybe it means organizing a group from your church who make themselves available to help others in various ways in the community, or to drive people to appointments, or whatever.
A Christian Who Has Had to Change, Too