SPEAK FAITH, NOT FEAR
Scrolling through my newsfeed on social media, I find it both comical and disappointing that almost everyone is a news reporter constantly announcing, “Breaking: VIP X tests positive for COVID-19,” which isn’t even technically right as I recently learnt.**
Many sound like contracting the disease is invariably a death sentence, which it isn’t as many carriers have only mild symptoms and over 95 per cent of cases recover, the most vulnerable being the elderly and folks with underlying medical conditions. However, a disease with no approved cure or vaccine that spreads like wild fire is horrifying and this one is mowing people down in Western democracies that have the best healthcare systems on the planet. So, everyone is advised to take safety precautions of hand washing, the use of sanitisers, social distancing and so on.
But when we all take it upon yourselves to regurgitate all the bad news which is the preferred fare of news organisations (bad news is actually good news to them), we paint a very gloomy picture that browbeats people and makes it harder for their bodies to fight the virus if they catch it.
We know the situation is dreary without everyone pummelling us with it. And as Christians, we are certainly not called to promote fear. We are called to preach the gospel and the gospel is good news. That good news is from the word of God, which strengthens people’s hearts at a distressing time like this. We need to fill ourselves with it daily and share therefrom to encourage others.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom” – Colossians 3:16 (ESV).
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
Besides, we have servants of God who are prophesying a quicker end to this pandemic and less loss of lives than projected by the scientists. They are also speaking about restoration of economic losses and revival. (See some of these declarations in the references below.)
The question that arises is: Whose report do you believe?
Do not answer that in a haste. If you’re a Spirit-filled believer, read and pay attention to what trusted ministers of God are saying. See if they do not resonate with your spirit. Then pray about these prophecies to be sure that the natural desire for a quick end to affliction is not behind them.
Furthermore, reminisce over your walk with God. If you’ve known Him for long, I’m pretty certain He’s done some unbelievable things in your life: healings, deliverances, provision, all kinds of turnarounds. Use your testimonies from those amazing experiences to assure others of God’s faithfulness.
That does not mean you go about giving a blanket promise that no one shall die from COVID-19. People are dying and will continue to die until it is contained. Some of these people might be Christians, some of who were due home with the Lord anyway. We can and should pray for divine protection and healing upon people through our Saviour, Jesus Christ, but ultimately God decides who survives and who doesn’t and that’s okay. As born-again Christians, we are better off with the Lord than here if that is what He decides.
Let’s not carry a weight the Lord has not put on us- insisting on temporal matters as if they are more important than anything else. And let’s not be insensitive- gloating about our survival as though we are better than those who have been infected or died. No one knows tomorrow.
Perhaps, the Lord has seen you through some excruciating situations: bereavement, material loss, etc. That would help you relate with those in similar grief now and console them. The Lord “comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:4 ESV
So anyway you look at it, God has a vessel in you: a vessel to share faith in Him, to build strength to endure and overcome and to project hope in this current dim situation. Keep doing that and God will use you to counter the mortifying effect of the endless stream of bad news about COVID-19 everywhere.
Our Lord and our God, help me to frequently shine the light of Your word to dispel the darkness terrorising souls during this grim pandemic season. Help me to magnify You in the sight of people as the Almighty God who loves them and is watching over them if they are His, rather than playing up the fears tormenting them. Help me to also bring the message of salvation through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the cross to those who need it. This I pray in Jesus’ name.
Kindly share a word of encouragement to anyone reading this via the comments section. God bless you richly in Jesus’ name.
**(According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus has been officially named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) while the ailment it causes has been dubbed coronavirus disease (COVID-19). So, someone tests positive for SARS-Cov-2 or you simply say coronavirus since most people know we are in the midst of a pandemic caused by a novel strain of it. Such a person comes down with COVID-19, just like a person who tests positive for HIV develops AIDS.)
“… give one another chozek (strength) eachand every day …” -Yehudim in Moshiach 3:13 (Orthodox Jewish Bible- OJB)
“… build one another up every day. …” – Hebrews 3:13 (NIRV)
“… encourage one another day after day, …” – Hebrews 3:13 (NAS)
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(This because if Trump gets it right, we might just be able to push back for a while longer the One World Government proponents with their perversion of religion, mandatory vaccinations and ID chips.)