By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
— Genesis 8:14 (NIV)
Coronavirus had entered Indonesia. Every day the television brought news of more coronavirus sufferers. I was pessimistic that this pandemic would ever end. I found hope as I read the story of Noah. In Genesis, because of the wickedness in the world, God intended to wipe out the human race — and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground. But God remembered Noah, a man who walked faithfully with him. God commanded Noah to make an ark. After Noah and his family entered the ark, rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights. Then rain stopped, but water still flooded the land. I imagine Noah thinking: “When will this situation end?” Noah didn’t receive the answer, but he put his trust in God and waited patiently. Scripture says that by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. There is always an end date for every problem in our life. God will never leave us in hard situations forever. Storms will end. Whatever challenges we face today, we can put trust in God. Surely in good time God will deliver us.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to keep our trust in you in hard situations. We believe you will deliver us. Amen.
Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)
...devoid of our regular routine and filled instead with uncertainty and a hum of anxiety, my husband and I have found the practice of joining The Upper Room each day at 11am (CST) via Facebook to pray, listen, and learn in community, including my sister in Houston. This is a much-needed healing balm." Join us on Facebook each day at 11AM Central.