Two Questions To Encourage One Another…

Romans 15:4 says that “we, through the comfort of the scriptures might have hope“.

Romans 8:28 says “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”.

The first verse tells us that the promises of the Bible and the truths about God it contains are designed to comfort us.

The second verse, Romans 8:28, tells us that God has the ability to cause good to come out of anything that happens.

Note that it does not say that all things are good in their nature. Perhaps the sense is God can cause good can come out of anything that happens, no matter how bad it is.

For example, the crucifixion of Jesus was the most sinful, evil thing that ever happened. It was a moment so dark the sun quit shining for a time. But God allowed it to happen and in the end it was the greatest most wonderful thing that ever happened! It was our salvation from sin!

Two questions –

  1. What scripture are you leaning on right now – thinking about a lot and finding comfort in during these uncertain times? I want everyone to leave a note about it in the comments section below. Your submission here could be a real blessing to others so please share!
  2. What good could possibly come out of the Conoravirus Pandemic? Please share your thoughts! Let’s see how long of a list we can come up with.

Keep in mind that your responses could help other people giving them something to think about during this challenging time!

4 thoughts on “Two Questions To Encourage One Another…

  1. Question 1: Romans 8:37-39. …we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Question 2: Everything I think of sounds so cliche, especially when I think of the many families who are struggling right now to avoid disease, manage financially or have already suffered loss of a loved one. I think most of us may realign our priorities, which is a good thing. I also think the medical community and public health will learn a lot from this pandemic which will be very useful for treatment of diseases and perhaps prevent pandemics in the future.

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  2. Question 1: Proverbs 15:15. But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. This helps me to stay happy and remember God is in control and he will take care of us.

    Also Mat 28 18-20. This after Jesus died and came back to tell the 11 disciples in the mountain that he has all authority in heaven and in earth and for them to go out into the world to teach and make disciples of all nations and that he will be with them always.

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  3. Question 1: I find comfort in Philippians 4:4-7
    Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I will say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    Question 2:
    Spiritually people seem to be turning to God more. Helping each other, showing concern, care and love for each other. Hopefully that change of heart and attitude will continue. Families are finding it is a blessing to be home with their kids and having game nights, dinner together and quality time together as opposed to working at the office late or running in different directions to different activities and the lack of family time as many of us – myself included experienced so often. I think new family traditions will come out of this!
    We see that we are blessed with freedom of religion in this country and we can’t take it for granted. We have to be diligent in protecting that right. Sadly there are news reports that some community leaders have tried to restrict worship, even arresting church leaders and members, yet Christians in those communities have found ways to continue worship. I appreciate that Lake Shore has continued to find ways to have Bible study and worship during this time. We always say it is not the building that makes the church and that is proven at Lake Shore and across the nation during this time.

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  4. A set of verses that came up in a bible study I was doing this week has been encouraging to me.
    Lamentations 3:19-26 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
    20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
    21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:
    22 Because of the Lord’s great love
    we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
    23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
    24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”
    25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
    26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

    I have also been singing “Bless the Lord, oh my Soul”, with specific thought to the verse that says “The sun comes up It’s a new day dawning,
    It’s time to sing Your song again.
    Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me Let me be singing, When the evening comes.

    I do not have an answer for the second question, I think it is too soon to see the positives that will come from the virus. I know that communities have been coming together to help each other, creativity is shaping our day to day more than before. I definitely appreciate Gods command for us to come together as a people more than I did before the virus. 😊

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