When a crisis strikes any community, it is not the time for the church to remain silent. It is imperative that we use every moment to shine light on our relationship with Christ. One thing that this time in history has shown me is that your title doesn’t matter; your bank account does not matter; the car you drive nor the neighborhood you live in… none of those things matters. What really matters in this season and time is your relationship with Christ It is that connection that we have with Christ that is going to determine how we respond to the storm. Jesus looks at each one of us as we are rocked by the waves and there is no one to hold onto; when the wind is thrashing at our confidence and it appears as if we are beginning to sink with discouragement. Here is the question in this season and moment in history…do we keep our eyes and focus on Christ and the promises that he spoke over us concerning our lives or do we focus on the storm that is surrounding us?
I am not sharing this to declare that this crisis is of God or from God, but I am here to tell you that God will use this crisis for the good of those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose. There are so many reasons to be discouraged, but we are called to a supernatural response to God’s plan. Though we may not understand it or know it fully. God requires us to have faith and remain steadfast in the calling and the assignment that God has given to us. Unpretentious faith leads us to hope, especially in the midst of difficulties, which in turn leads to a greater love for God and neighbor.
So, what can we do as a community of faith in times like this? I would like to recommend the following to you and your family:
1. Pray without ceasing: Every Sunday morning, when I talk with my 91-year-old grandmother she tells me, “You can’t take a vacation from prayer. Prayer can go where we can go, and do what we can’t do. Don’t ever stop praying.” Can you imagine what would happen if ALL OF US would stop focusing on the storm and begin to bombard Heaven with our prayers and praise?
2. Immerse Yourself in the Word of God: When you feel as if your very soul hurts from news reports, evil acts and/or disaster. I promise you; you can find refuge in the Word of God. No other words in a book have proven to be as powerful as the Word of God. Jesus affirms just how significant the Word of God is in John 15:17; go take a look at what he said. It’s GOOD NEWS.
3. Guard your Heart and Mind: A crisis can kill a person emotionally and physically. Our personal weakness may debilitate us. That is why suggestion number 1 is so important, by praying, God’s peace will “guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
4. Connect, communicate, and care for others: We are in this thing together and trust me, it is going to take “community” to get us out of this storm. The reason why it is so important to #stayhome is because this virus spreads fast through human contact while this isolation results in little to no human contact. It is forcing us to be more intentional about being in community and demonstrating sincere koinonia. If we are carless in our going and coming, we are demonstrating a selfish and careless attitude towards others.
Beloved, I not only encourage you to do the above four things, but I want to encourage you to stay faithful, stay strong, and stay home. This will pass.