Written by Dr. James Burk
Times of trials are the moments that forge our identity. It is during these times our pretenses start to dissolve, and we are finally able to honestly inspect our core values. We are forced to see the inner workings of our hearts, and questions begin to rise to the surface. Who are we? What are our deepest longings? Where do we place our trust?
It is not easy to confront the person in the mirror, because oftentimes, we think higher of ourselves than we ought. We profess the sovereignty of God, but our true trust and our deepest loyalties are revealed during times of hardships. It is during these times when we are given the opportunity to pause our daily routine that we realign our faith to truth.
Our choices can have a lasting and profound impact on our character. Do we uphold our integrity and cling to what is good, or do we allow our present situation to define our ethics, doing what is right in our own eyes? Scripture calls us to be men and women of genuine faith.
I would like to encourage everyone during these times of uncertainty to hold fast to the faith — not to lose heart. Even during the darkest part of the night, there are always stars shining. We, too, need to shine like the stars during the night and be beacons of hope. We are called to be salt and light to a hurting world. I want to encourage everyone to remember God’s sovereignty, and regardless of the outcome, always remember that he is forever in control. Find the good during the difficult times, and remember to seek his kingdom first.
Now is the time to show the love of Christ to a hurting world. Love is amplified when others are not expecting it. Do not allow the present situation to confine or define your faith. Be wise and careful, but do not let your fears keep you from caring for others. Remember to be hospitable and be a light to your community. Let us keep doing the good work and not lose this opportunity to show the love of Christ. Do not lose heart. The faculty and staff at Harding University have you constantly in our prayers. Peace be unto you.