During this strange and often discouraging time, I have found that it is so important to keep the right perspective and remain steadfast in all situations.
There has been a lot of disappointment during this time with so many things being cancelled and taken away from us. We don’t get to see our friends, go to school, church, youth groups, and our day to day life changed in the blink of an eye. Our grade twelves are missing out on senior year events they’ve looked forward to for years. We are called to be steadfast, which means having the same joy, peace, patience and love for others, no matter the circumstances. But how can we have joy when some of the things that made us joyful seem to be gone?
How can we have peace when we’re anxious about our health and jobs and no one knows what the future will bring or when this quarantine will be over?
The key to remaining steadfast in all these things is to set our hope in God, the only One who never changes. When we recognize that we have no control and no strength on our own to remain steadfast the way Christians are called to, we turn to our God who is right there waiting for us to come to Him in humility and weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” The definition of steadfastness is “the quality of being resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.” The only way we can do that is by setting the Lord before us. Psalm 16:8 says: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” When we are faced with unforeseeable circumstances that may throw our world into chaos, we as Christians are called to respond in steadfast love and patience in this time of waiting, to have peace in knowing that for those who love Him, He works ALL things together for good, just as Romans 8:28 says. Although it’s hard to always see the good, James 1:2-3 says: “count it as joy my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
So as we face this pandemic, let’s not respond with anxiety and fear like the rest of the world, but rather with unwavering faith and steadfastness in this troubled time. I would encourage you to hold on to the truths and promises God gives us in His word, and to remain steadfast in this season.
~ Angelique Ramlogan ’22