Tag : pandemic
Tag : pandemic
2020 seems like something out of a science fiction movie and I’m still asking myself Was it all a bad dream? Will I wake up soon?
But we all know the Global Pandemic, now knocking on 2021’s door, is real. And despite the severity of COVID-19, it still provided many lessons, life changes and revelations about what is important. As I reflect on how this pandemic affected me, I am praying you will take the time to do some deep thinking today about how your life changed through one of our world’s greatest trials.
I learned we are not in control. While I’ve known this for a long time, it was eye-opening to see that the entire world can be taken down. Ironically, as I end my year in the Chronological Bible, I am finishing in Revelation. Revelation is a book in the Bible about the end of the world as we know it. After experiencing this worldwide viral outbreak, Revelation seems even more fathomable.
I learned I really love people. I miss getting together with friends at lunch. I am longing for our church small group to meet in person again. For many months, our church only met online and I felt a void in my life without corporate worship. God designed people for community and when you are extroverted, the isolation is even more difficult.
I found out God shifts our direction while in isolation. If it had not been for the pandemic, I would not have written an apologetics book about Jewish roots designed to reach my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would never have entered school again to work on a Doctor of Ministry.
I would not be teaching online to the Pakistani people and seeing scores of Pakistanis give their lives to Christ. I would have been too busy working in our Pearls of Promise ministry to see this detour. Often, it is in the silence that God speaks the loudest.
I realized I needed to slow down. I had been moving so fast speaking, writing and planning and participating in events, that I did not realize I was exhausted. I needed a hard stop to refuel and spend some downtime at home. This was a type of reset in my life.
I had to make a choice—will I be faithful or fearful? Before the pandemic, I was slightly claustrophobic. I did not like anything over my nose, so wearing a mask was my worst nightmare. However, I learned that through prayer, I could do it. And that’s the way it is for every aspect of what is going on. Every morning, I ask God for the strength to get through the day, and I pray for His protection over my family from COVID-19. So far, we have all escaped the wrath of this virus.
God does his most life-changing work during the worst of situations.
Paul wrote most of the Bible while in chains. The apostle John received his revelation about end times in exile. The Israelites witnessed the greatest power and presence of God while in the wilderness.
And I believe as we continue to seek His help during this global pandemic, He will continue to perform a magnificent work in all of us believers as well.
Are you struggling to maintain Peace?
THE PEACE OF GOD IS A GIFT.
With all the turmoil we are encountering right now, everything may seem uncertain so it’s easy to slip into the spirit of fear, anxiety, and depression. It’s like a bad-fitting shoe that rubs a painful blister on our heel. We find it difficult to maintain the peace that we once had, the peace that the Scripture speaks about in Philippians.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 6–7).
I love that passage.
The word for “peace” in Hebrew is “Shalom.” The connotation is positive. When someone says, “Shalom,” or, “Peace unto you,” it doesn’t mean, “I hope you don’t get into any trouble.” It means, “I hope you have all the highest good coming your way.”
Someone wrote. “God is like Coke. He’s the real thing.”
“God is like General Electric. He lights your path.”
“God is like Hallmark Cards. He cares enough to give His best.”
“God is like VO5 Hair Spray. He holds through all kinds of weather.”
In spite of all of the clichés, He is a God like no other, it is my desire that we get to know Him better and understand the peace that only He provides. I want to us to learn more about who He is, so we can obtain a better understanding of what He can be to us as His children in the midst of this crisis. He is the Prince of Peace.
Did you notice that the apostle Paul said, “The Peace of God“— not our peace, Why? Because our peace fluctuates. It is only the Peace of God that will sustain us.
I was an example of someone lacking peace. Many years ago, I suffered from a nervous breakdown, and now I am totally healed thanks to the mercy of God. So I can differentiate between when I am walking in the peace that fluctuates, and when I am walking in the Peace of God. I can wholeheartedly tell you I prefer the peace of God. That’s why I have a personal saying that I now use daily: “I refuse to worry.”
When we speak about peace, we are talking about a subject that is largely unknown in the world. All we have to do is turn on the evening news to discover that peace is a stranger in many parts of the world. However, it doesn’t have to be that way for us. We can receive the “Peace of God,” a fruit of the Holy Spirit that is ours if we ask for it. No matter what is going on in our lives we can be confident that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and is always with us, He promises that he cannot and will not fail us. He is the source of our peace. It’s a gift from our heavenly Father.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Trust Him in the midst of this Pandemic.
May God richly bless you.
Don’t miss our next POP Chat, this Wednesday, July 29th on ZOOM at 6:30 p.m.. Dr. Lynnette Simm will be teaching about “How to Find Your Peace” and Renee Rollins will lead our worship for this beautiful one-hour of fellowship. Here’s the link to sign up: https://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z