Overcoming Fear In A Time Of Crisis – Pt 08 – This Is Not The End Of The Story – David Hibbert.

  1. Introduction

Welcome back. I hope your are enjoying a new awareness of the abiding presence of God in your lives.

We’re talking about how to overcome fear in a time of crisis. And as I said, What we KNOW is what gets us THROUGH. And so today I want to give us a sixth reminder, that will cause us to have confidence and courage and calmness.

And the sixth thing I want to remind us of, is that THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE STORY.

  1. This Is Not The New Normal

What we are experiencing now, is not what we will be experiencing in the future.

Our present situation is not our new normal. There WILL be a new normal – but what we are experiencing now is NOT the new normal.

Since 9-11, we have experienced a new normal – more scans, more security, more precautions. However, terrorists hijacking airplanes and flying them into buildings as they did on 9-11 is not our new normal.

In the same way, we will have a new normal. Probably better personal hygiene practices, more precautions in hospitals and stores, voluntary self-isolation for those who are sick. Things we should have been doing for the last 30 years.

But not self-isolation for all, not social distancing for all, not closed borders, not falling stock markets, not mass employee layoffs. Not essential service sector workers working extended hours in high risk environments without breaks or sufficient support.

There will be a new normal, but what we are presently experiencing will not be our new normal, because this is NOT the end of the story.

  1. We Will Rise Again

2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 14, CEV – (8) “We often suffer, but we’re never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. (9) In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again … (14) BECAUSE WE KNOW God raised the Lord back to life. And just as he raised Jesus, he will also raise us back to life, and will bring us into his presence together.”

We often suffer, but we are never crushed, because being crushed is not the end of the story. We often don’t know what to do, but we never give up, because not knowing what to do is not the end of the story. When we are knocked down, we get up again, because being knocked down is not the end of the story.

Why? Because in times of trouble, God IS with us. And we know that as long as God is with us, we will not continue to suffer, or stay confused, or stay knocked down.

Why, because WE KNOW that God raised Jesus back to life, and if God could raise Jesus back to life, He will also raise us back to life.

So no matter what happens, no matter how hard it gets, we WIN. We win in the end, no matter what happens. We CANNOT lose. Even if this coronavirus were to take my life, I would go straight into the presence of God. Just as the vast majority of those who survive the coronavirus one day will go straight into the presence of God.

What we are experiencing now is NOT the end of the story.

I’ve never watched the TV series “24”. But I’ve been told that each episode is supposed to represent 1 hour of Jack Bauer’s life, and each episode ends with a moment of suspense, where we are supposed to wonder if Jack would survive until the next episode.

Now, if we didn’t watch them until they were on reruns, a lot of the tension would go down, because we would realize that there were 8 seasons. We would know that the end of the episode is not the end of the story, because the story went on for 8 seasons. Jack made it all the way to the end of the 8 seasons.

  1. Change Our Perspective

If we are going to live with hope in the middle of a crisis like the coronavirus, we have to change our focus, we have to shift our perspective, we have to live in light of eternity.

Sadly, yes, some will die. But for us, as Christians, that is NEVER the end of the story.

As Christians we do have access to God’s supernatural protection in the middle of the crises. But one day, ALL of our pain, and all of our sickness, and all of our sorrow, and all of our sadness, and all of our stress, and all of our grief is going to end.

Revelation 21:4, NIV – (4) Then God will wipe every tear from their eyes. And there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away.

Right now is not the new normal. But one day there will be an eternal normal. No more tears, no more death, no more mourning, no more crying, no more pain.

So for now – this is not the end of the story – don’t forget that. We need to remember this in the coming days and in the weeks ahead. We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. And one day, the new normal will be the eternal normal – and it will definitely be worthy waiting for.