Hasn’t the world felt upside down in 2020? COVID is a disaster. Politics are contentious. People are on edge. Things feel uncertain. Plans are temporary. The rules of our day are ever changing.

But, God.

He is here. Stable. Steady.

In these months of COVID, mask wearing has become a new part of our daily lives. We have often commented on how difficult it is to fully communicate with people without being able to see their faces. Our voices are muffled. Our smiles are blocked.

In this season, when I think about the Old Testament experience of God, I repeatedly visualize a face mask. The Old Testament is sprinkled with accounts of God hiding His face from His people because of their disobedience. Sit on that for a moment; it’s heavy. God hid His face (removed His favor) from them, at times, because of their actions.

God’s sovereign plan for redemption involved many generations of flawed people (Matthew 1:1-17). There’s murder, adultery, idolatry, and prostitution in the ancestry of Jesus. God made a covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7:16 promising David’s descendants would rule but also foretold the permanent kingdom to come with Jesus.

At the cross, Jesus became the atonement for our sins. God established a permanent kingdom and an eternal covenant with humans. If we believe in Jesus, the Son of God who died on the cross to save us from our sins, we are saved by grace and the Holy Spirit lives in us.

The world is a mess, but God has not forsaken us. “We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed, always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).

God, be near.

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Sara Lindsey

Sara Lindsey

Sara Lindsay is a West Texas girl. She adores her husband of 16+ years and delights in the daily chaos of raising and discipling their four young children. She is a physician, specializing in MRI imaging. Sara is an encouraging friend, intentional at developing authentic relationships. She has a heart for supporting women and families, and she is passionate about Bible translation.

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