Q. What good can possibly come from a disaster like COVID-19?

A. I know that many are hurting badly through this pandemic — physically, financially and emotionally.

COVID-19 is devastating on many levels. I’m not about to say that it’s good. However, as in past disasters, good can come from bad situations. In fact, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, NKJV).

One good thing that can come from this is a return to God. As a society we have strayed far from Him, turning our focus to the things of this world. Now that many worldly pursuits have slipped into the background, people are returning to God’s Word. Perhaps you’ve seen the pictures online of empty store shelves that once held rows of Bibles; it’s an amazing sight.

Another positive is that we can grow through difficult times such as this. Pain and tragedy are often some of the greatest teachers in life. No matter how bad the situation is — whether it’s a life-altering crisis or a sprained ankle — it teaches us that there’s something more important than the temporal things. Through these difficulties, we can understand God better and learn to rely on Him more, having our faith strengthened.

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