“For you know that your lives were ransomed once and for all from the empty and futile way of life handed down from generation to generation. It was not a ransom payment of silver and gold, which eventually perishes, but the precious blood of Christ—who like a spotless, unblemished lamb was sacrificed for us.
This was part of God’s plan, for he was chosen and destined for this before the foundation of the earth was laid, but he has been made manifest in these last days for you. It is through him that you now believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, so that you would fasten your faith and hope in God alone.” 1 Peter 1:18-21 TPT
What have you “fastened your faith” to? Your friendships? Your education? Your career? Your bank account? Your retirement plan?
Anything can be taken from you – your job, you friendships, your marriage, your house, your car, your money, your savings, your health, or even your freedom. We ordinarily operate under a premise that these are a given, and we make plans assuming this. Recently, we have learned, and I’m afraid we will continue to learn, that nothing is a guarantee in this life. If there is anything that this pandemic has done for us is that it has exposed all the futile things we put our hope in. So, I’ll ask again, what is it you are “fastening your hope” to?
God knew the futility of this life, and the trouble that was ahead, which is why He sent His Son not only as a way out but as a way to make it through this life. He didn’t choose to ransom us with something like money or gold, that can be taken away or lose it’s value. He chose something that wouldn’t perish or couldn’t be lost, so we could confidently attach our faith to poured out his blood for us.
Spend some time in quiet reflection thinking through all the things this quarantine has exposed in your life. Ask the Lord to show you where you have put your faith in futile things. Refasten you faith and hope in the One who never changes and can never be taken away!