“We’re all in this together and we will get through this,” echoes daily on social media.
Covid 19 has shrunk our world. Countries across the globe have become our next door neighbor struggling to put food on the table, paying the mortgage, keeping in touch with loved ones in isolated facilities. Their wives, husbands, sons and daughters are on the front lines in arms way, providing the care so desperately needed.
How out of control things can become seemingly over night. The account in Revelation 18 of the doom to come upon the great city where everything was wiped out in one hour doesn’t sound to far- fetched anymore.
OK God where are you?
Have you not been listening? Haven’t you heard these stories all your life? Don’t you understand the foundation of all things?”
God sits high above the round ball of the earth.
The people look like mere ants. He stretches out the skies like a canvas-yes, like a tent canvas to live under.
He ignores what all the princes say and do…
They shrivel when God blows on them Like flecks of chaff, they’re gone with the wind. Isaiah 40:22-24
How do we respond in such a time?
I recently listened to Bill Johnson give a message on: How to respond Biblicly to a Crises.
He first of all quoted the famous revival quote from 11 Chronicles 7:14. He went on to point out three crisis in the Bible and how it was responded to.
There was a famine in the land and Issac planned to go back to Egypt. God appeared to Isaac and said, don’t go down to Egypt, stay in the land and I will be with you and bless you. Isaac stayed and used the seed to plant crops, he took in a huge harvest and God blessed him. He got richer and richer by the day ISAAC SEWED INTO HIS OWN FUTURE
There was a protest among fellow Jews some of whom were not getting enough food for their families, they were being heavily taxed and had to mortgage their fields and vineyards and homes to keep from starving. It goes on to say that Nehemiah got really angry with his fellow Jews and ordered them to stop gouging their brothers and return to them their foreclosed field and vineyards. They did as Nehemiah at instructed.
FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS RESTORED.
At the time when Barnabas and Saul were in Antioch teaching the new Christians, some prophets came to Antioch from Jerusalem and Agabus stood up and warned that a severe famine was about to devastate the country so the disciples decided that each of them would send whatever they could to their fellow Christians in Judea. These people were believers because they were witnessed to GENEROSITY DISPLAYED.
What can we learn and apply from these times of Biblical crises:
- INVEST IN OUR PERSONAL WELFARE
Strengthen your personal relationship with God. Start a new hobby, my neighbor has made masks for anyone in our condo building who would like one, do an online course, learn to appreciate different genres of music and literature. Learn a new game. The list is endless.
- RE-AFFIRM DEVOTION TO ONE ANOTHER
Deepen family relationships. Spend quality time together. Learn to appreciate those who teach your children. Check in on seniors you know. Share your toilet paper and your hair color!! The church in Acts made sure nobody was lacking, pursue those who maybe in need weather it is material or emotional want. It is not a time to withdraw but a time to be present at a distance.
- BE GENEROUS
Even in the face of loss. Sow into peoples lives. My hairdresser works out of her unfinished basement. Will she be re-reimbursed for all the canceled appointments? Pay your tithes and offerings. Honor appointments if possible. Thrive in the face of loss.
Fred Rogers, host of the long run children’s show, It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood told a story about his mother. When Fred was a little boy he would sometimes get scared about something he saw on TV. His mother would say to him “Look for the Helpers”.
When a Crises hits it is not difficult to see rising out of the ashes of the ruins the HELPERS. Hopefully I am in there somewhere.