Initially when thinking about topics I could discuss during this time of panic, of course, my immediate thought was to address the fear and pandemic that is plaguing our nation. However, I have quickly realized two things:
No one cares about my opinion regarding this topic. I am no doctor, and honestly speaking, we are all quite over the flood of misinformation on our media outlets.
When we address a thing too much, we give power to it. It’s time to speak less of the unknown and more on what we know to be solid truth.
Sooo, instead of giving you advice, let me allow this to be a platform to dispense a few scriptures that teach us how to benefit from God’s unwavering truth while society is currently filled with uncertainty, and a reminder of God’s consistent faithfulness. I hope that while you read this that you are reassured that in Christ there is unexplainable peace, timeless wisdom, and most importantly, everlasting love.
‘Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).’ Many of us have found much refuge in just this scripture alone by professing and proclaiming Yeshua’s peace and guardianship. However, it is the instruction of the previous line, 'In nothing (not even pandemic) be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6),’ That brings us to that place of peace. When we are in a spirit of gratitude and keep our minds stayed on Christ, we can trust that He hears our prayers.
However, we are required to keep our thoughts on Him in order to prevent circumstance from causing us anxiety. In times such as these, Believers should walk confidently with a peace of mind, because we understand that God is guarding us. We also must be consistent in the meditation of His word and seeking Him in prayer.
I am always baffled by the forgetfulness of us as believers at times. How quickly we forget that Abba’s promises both protect and prosper us. They exempt us from the threats of the world and keep us protected from the snares of the adversary. They also position us, if we work the principles, to prosper financially and to have favor with man. It's easy to forget those promises when unforeseen events like the stock market crashing or an unexpected layoff takes place. At those moments, we are SHOOK and the problem seems to be BIGGER than our faith. Oh, but the great thing about God’s word is that even in our wavering faith, the word of God is SOLID. It does not change. We know what is happening in our world currently, and truthfully, there is great panic and fear.
Unfortunately, the spirit of fear is just as contagious as its new found host. But, when we begin to feel doubt, remember we have an intercessor on our behalf and all we need to do is be honest in our feelings and seek Abba’s help to stand on His truth. 'Yeshua said to him, “What do you mean, ‘if you can’? Everything is possible to someone who has trust!” Instantly the father of the child exclaimed, “I do trust — help my lack of trust! (Mark 9:23-24)” Abba will help our unbelief!
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (Romans 8:35)”
I want to reassure you that even in the midst of chaos, we are still covered by the love of God. This is not the first time we as a people have witnessed national confusion and because we know the word, we understand it won’t be the last. It is our response during these times that serve as a witness to those who need salvation. Will you be Yeshua’s glory, or, will you confuse others with your faithless worries? Abba says that even in THIS we are not separated from Him. This is a time to cling to God. It is time for the body to seek his face and reintroduce ourselves. This is where we begin to reignite the romance in this holy union.
Lastly, Sis, it is yet our responsibility to serve and share salvation, even in a pandemic. As my great apostle so eloquently put it, this is the Church’s litmus test. What is our heart’s response when others are in need during this frenzy? Are we going to continue to ransack the stores and hoard unnecessary items? Or, will we prepare by way of the Holy Spirit? Hear me in the spirit, I am NOT saying to not prepare. However, are you preparing only for yourself or to be a blessing to those who are less fortunate? Over the next few weeks, join me in bombarding heaven. Let us seek God’s wisdom on how to pray for His children. Let us learn how to move with authority and power. Let us seek new ways to reach the youth of this generation and how to intentionally intercede on their behalf. Most importantly, let us seek God’s presence more than ever before.
Sis, I hope that God’s word can continue to push you to walk boldly in His truth. Remember His word is not just a book of eloquently spoken history, it is our guide, our sword, and our reassurance that all is well.