What will your testimony be after these troubled times have passed? This psalm can call you to deeper faith and hold you accountable now.
Your Testimony After Troubled Times
Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he did for me.
For I cried out to him for help,
praising him as I spoke.
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
Psalm 66:16-20 NLT
I see this scripture as our testimony when these troubled times have passed.
It’s a call for us to live lives of faith now.
Someday, if the Lord tarries, we’ll tell future generations about what God did for us during this pandemic. We’ll have the chance to tell them how we cried out to him for help, and praised him in our circumstances.
We will tell them about how this time refined us, bringing impurities of selfishness, indulgence, and hidden idol worship to the surface. Sins that we didn’t recognize until our freedoms were restricted and our faith was tested in altogether new ways.
To our children, grandchildren, and those yet to believe in Jesus as their Savior, we’ll reminisce about God answering our prayers of desperation and surrender. We’ll tell them how we finally became honest with God, perhaps for the first time, pouring out our rage and disappointment and heartache, just like Job did in his deep distress. And we’ll say how those raw prayers brought us closer to our Father than ever before, and that’s the precious treasure found inside the hardest times.
In front of those willing to hear, we will praise the God of the universe, the King of all kings, for giving us his loving attention when we needed it most. We will declare that he is good, so good, for loving us in complete faithfulness, better than even the best humans can do for us. A better provider than our health care system or our government. A more trustworthy guardian than all the militia of the world.
We will only have this opportunity if we put our full trust in God, right now.
Right in the middle of this crisis.
Before the pandemic peaks, we can thank him in advance for victory.
It’s our choice. One he won’t force on us.
But as he walked on the water, toward the disciples’ boat buffeted by the wind and waves, he is walking toward us with an invitation to trust and obey.
He is reaching his hand out to you now.
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Thank you for being the blessed controller of my life.
I confess that I have failed to trust you, in both big and small matters.
But today, I accept your invitation to walk out on the waters of fully surrendered faith.
I do believe in you, Lord. Help my unbelief.
May my faith be a powerful testimony to those around me who are desperate for encouragement.
May the lessons I learn during this crisis proclaim your power and love to future generations.
I thank you in advance for the victories I cannot yet see.
I trust you as you lead me, one day at a time.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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