The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent quarantines and lockdown orders have posed substantial challenges for everyone – especially not being permitted to worship together in person with fellow believers.
But according to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, the pandemic has actually caused faith to grow.
Imagine that – God using a tough time for good!
The poll found that almost one-quarter (24%) of U.S. adults say their faith has become stronger because of the coronavirus pandemic. Only 2% say that their faith has grown weaker.
Among Evangelicals, the number who say their faith has grown is even greater. Close to half (42%) of Evangelicals say their faith has been strengthened. during the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to Pew, “The most religious Americans – those who frequently pray and attend services (at least in typical times), and who rate religion as very important to them – are far more likely than others to say their faith has grown stronger as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.”
Scripture is clear that God can and does use trying, difficult circumstances to increase our trust in Him.
I’m reminded of James 1:2-3 which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
I’d encourage you to continue using this unique, strange and unfamiliar territory that we’re in to spend more time with the Lord. For many of us, the quarantine has saved us time that we’d usually spend getting ready, commuting or going to the gym.
See the extra time as a gift and use it wisely. Dedicate it to the Lord, so your faith can be strengthened even while our church buildings are closed.
Jesus encourages us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
What have you done to remain strong in your faith while our churches remain closed? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.