I was able to make an appointment last Friday morning for my husband for his COVID-19 vaccine. Our local health system notified him through our online chart that he was now eligible to make his appointment. He wants the vaccine, so I scheduled it. (Tried to schedule mine but for some reason I was not yet eligible to do so.)
Science is promising us that the vaccine is 95 percent effective in protecting us from this virus. I hope so, especially since we are in the most vulnerable category for getting the virus and having severe side effects from it.
Even if the vaccine cannot protect us from the virus or its side effects, I am still protected! I am protected from much more devastating events and by a much greater power.
After Peter told the readers of his first letter that the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ had given them “a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for [them],” Peter also reminded them of an especially important caveat. [1 Peter 1:3-4 HCSB]
“You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” [I Peter 3:5 HCSB]
We are protected by God’s power for salvation. We will not experience the devastation of condemnation and punishment. We will never hear God say, “Depart from me….” We will never fall victim to a power greater than the power of God because such power does not exist.
We entered that divine protection through faith. As Christians, we embraced God’s way and the full outcome of God’s way combined with our faith will be revealed to us when we enter His Eternal Presence.