“Who would have thought that three weeks before Easter in America in 2020 we would be barred in most places, discouraged in others, from gathering together to worship. . .”
We are suddenly in challenging times to be sure. I think the the question of the day is. What is God’s purpose in all this? What’s going on here?
I’m not going to pretend I have all the answers at this time but I do know it will be, and is being, revealed. God does nothing in secret, it’s always discoverable to those who seek and listen.
The Apostle Paul told the church in Corinth that he desires that all would prophecy because those who prophecy edify and encourage the church. (1 Corinthians 14:1-5)
That means if you have received–and especially if you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit–you can have revealed to you the truth that God wants you to know about what is going on.
So keep paying attention church, test the spirits and don’t believe everything you hear. Stay in the Word, keep praying and stay connected to the family, the children of God who seek truth and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. The loudest prophets are usually selling snake oil for profit.
My wife Donna asked me a few weeks ago as we were driving to West Yellowstone, MT for our anniversary trip, when this virus first reared it’s evil head in China and was starting to make it’s exodus to other parts of the world, if I had heard anything from the Lord about this purported pandemic.
At that point it was just starting to cause panic in the stock market as the world realized that all the people who manufacture nearly everything they buy at Walmart or on Amazon were not going to work all of a sudden.
I told her that I had not heard anything really, leading me to conclude that, as I still believe, that this not of God.
God can and will use it to accomplish a higher purpose, but I don’t believe it’s a judgement handed down from him. Because. Really, this is nothing new. Our reaction, at least in this generation is new, and the enemy is playing this for all it’s worth.
Viruses have been around since the fall of man, sickness and death are part of the curse that this world is still subject to it until the day our Lord returns to claim his bride. But surely this is being used of the enemy to wreak havoc, to destroy lives, people, our economy, and to take down a president.
The enemy is using this to take down a president who has blessed Israel in deed, and not just words, and who has been the greatest political ally God fearing believers have had since Abraham Lincoln.
And the enemy would use this virus as a means to destroy our economy and turn us against a leader who has been restoring our religious freedoms, fighting for the unborn, standing against the power hungry and corrupt and, the devil would use this to even take out the church in America itself. To destroy the bride of Christ.
Who would have thought that three weeks before Easter in America in 2020 we would be barred in most places, discouraged in others, from gathering together to worship, and that even if the doors were still open people would be fearful of going to church.
Wow, the enemy must be dancing for sheer delight. But he is not going to win this one.
This will pass, we will all get back up and go on stronger and wiser than before and the church will regather and those who watched how we got through this time without fear, without turning inward or on each other, who shared rather than hoarded, who praised rather than trembled, who loved rather than hated, who encouraged rather than raged—all those who watched us do those things with assured hearts, will come seeking the assurance they crave as well, the assurance that can only be found in Jesus!
Trust in Jesus, trust his love for you, and take your refuge in him.
We are all running scared of an invisible enemy, a terror that comes at night and walks unseen in darkness. But do not fear, God’s got this, let’s just keep putting one foot in front of the other and see where God leads us here. Because make no mistake, he is leading us somewhere. He has a plan.
Remember what happened the year after our house burned down? (Read my previous blog) We found ourselves in a new, better and larger house and our family had grown. It took a lot of work and faith on our part, but God kept his promise. He always does.
Right now it might feel like the world is on fire, many are struggling in many ways and if you listen to some of the loudest voices it seems that in the end all that might be left is a pile of smoldering ashes.
What are we called to do, what is His purpose? Remember who you are and rest assured that God has a purpose in all this, that it cannot be thwarted and that love is always the underlying motive in all his dealings with his people. Let your hearts rest assured.
God is greater than our hearts, to me that says; don’t trust your feelings. Trust the promises of God, trust his love.