It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Titus 2:12-13 (NIV)

I was in an airport this past weekend for a trip to visit my college granddaughter. On my departure from Tucson, the airport was pretty empty. It was a Thursday afternoon so maybe that contributed to the lessening crowd. However, when I returned on Sunday evening from San Diego, it was full. With all the warnings about the coronavirus, I found a seat in the corner of the waiting area and didn’t wander around much. The lady that was sitting next to me on the plane had a cold and cough. I just wanted to get home.

Yet, the worship leader at Kate’s church reminded us that the weight of this present world–disease, elections, wars, tornadoes, stock markets–is nothing compared to the glory that is our hope. God knows what my future holds. He’s not surprised by any of this, even when the news is grim and the outlook uncertain.

The Apostle Paul wrote the book to Titus as encouragement in his work in the new church established in Crete. He wanted to make sure that he taught right living and sound doctrine. Saying “No” today often challenges the status quo but it is important to be honest, honorable, and principled as we live each day. Why? Because something and someone better is coming in all His glory…Jesus.

I listened to a message from Max Lucado reminding us to pray rather than panic in the wake of this coronavirus. Although, “Waiting is the hardest work of hope,” remember:

God is in control.

We wait. We hope. We pray.