The Test of Our Time

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We are in a test.

COVID-19 is testing our emotional quotient.

Our test results have two diagnoses — negative and positive.

Are we cynical, alarmed or positive?

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Some days we are all the above.

COVID-19 has revealed the worst in some of us and the best in others. Everyone handles stress and pressure in different ways; the COVID-19 crisis is no exception.

All of us are face difficulties; and most of them are not good.

We suffer emotional fractures on several fronts. Our emotional well-being may be the most devastating outcome of the coronavirus crisis.

Most of us are hyper-focused on our own struggles. We convince ourselves that we have it worse than others, but it serves all of us to know we are not the only ones in a fight.

To know we are not alone is not the only solution to the problem but it sure makes us feel better. We are better together.

Let's not factor God out of the test.

Back in the day, Habakkuk had it rough.

"Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit; though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength" (Hab. 3:17–19, TLB).

Let's remember:

- The Lord God is our strength.

- Choose to rejoice through the test.

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness" (James 1:2-3, ESV).

Read this post here on the Thomas McDaniels Ministries website.

Thomas McDaniels is a husband, pastor, dad and grandfather. He is also a public speaker, author and podcast host. Listen to his podcast, 5-Fold Unplugged, on Charisma Podcast Network. Thomas has written for church leaders and currently writes for Charisma Media outlets. Thomas is the founder of lifebridge.tv and the guy behind thomasmcdaniels.com. You can find Thomas on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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