In light of the current “chaos” being caused by both the known and unknown facets of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), here is day five of the daily devotions from the prayer-based devotional I wrote to be used within disaster relief situations. I believe many of the same lessons we need to learn when dealing with recovery from a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake can be helpful as we get through, and recover from, the current levels of chaos we are experiencing.
Here is day five and an important reminder to look for what is good in life and hold on to it.
Hold On To What Is Good
“Test everything. Hold on to the good.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV)
Hold On To What Is Good
What do you see right now that is good in your life? In the fog of chaos, how hard do you have to look in order to find something good? Why? How does finding the good that God wants you to cling to help you endure your current situation? What good do you need to hold on to today in order to have hope for tomorrow?
Holding on to what is good can be extremely difficult when the chaos you are in creates such a darkness that seeing any good is nearly impossible. Yet often times, it is in those very dark hours that even a small glimmer of goodness shines most brightly. I’m not talking about some sort of Pollyanna “it’s all good” kind of mentality, but rather a trust in a God who is good. While there may be moments and days when it doesn’t feel like it, God is good and loves His children with an unchanging love. While it’s not necessarily true that “every cloud has a silver lining”, we know that good often has to be looked for in order to be found. As you walk through the fog of disaster, take the time to look for good. Look for it in the surroundings you face every day. Look for it in the people that gather to help. Look for it in those who God will bring alongside you to provide hope. Look for it in yourself. And most importantly, look for it in God. When your world looks darkest, don’t let the darkness hide all the good that remains. When you look for and hold on to the good that God desires for you, He will grow within you a hope in the midst of your current chaos.
As you pray, ask God to help you see beyond the difficulty to find the good that remains. Pray that you would hold on to the good that you find in life and in people. Pray for the courage to be the good that others can hold on to in their need. Pray that you would find hope as you hold on to God’s goodness revealed in a variety of ways.