2021 is gone, but the effects of 2020 are still going on. Strain after new strain shows up and it seems the pandemic is here to stay for a while at worst, but certainly this is not how we want to learn the Greek alphabet!
Nevertheless, our hope and faith in God should only be stirred up.
At the start of the pandemic, everyone was confused and many sought Church online services to know what God’s people had to say.
But now, slowly many seem to wean out from that and are questioning religious or moral beliefs. These are testing times for sure but also an opportunity to get ever closer to God.
Lord Jesus Christ says in the last words of the Book of Revelation that, “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” (Revelation 22:11)
He can’t be any more clear in the urgency and in defining demarcation between the world and God’s people and also stirring us up to ‘strain’ after righteousness and holiness.
There’s a sort of untold thumb rule or practice in India, where I grew up.
Back then when communication channels were not largely there, the power grid management used to shut off the electric power for a few minutes ahead of a half/full-day shutdown.
When the power goes off for a few minutes, we go into panic mode and immediately realize that the water tank is not full, clothes are not washed or pressed and phones are not charged.
After about 5 mins hiatus, they would release the power for around an hour or so before shutting down.
Then we frantically use up that time and power for the important tasks listed above.
We are in similar times, as most of us are shaken up with the current events, and how we respond makes a world of difference.
Have you not yet made a decision wholeheartedly to serve Him? Are you just slacking and whiling away this borrowed time?
“…Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
The Bible calls us to choose the Lord but leaves the choice and will to men to decide.
Just like when Israelites were asked by Joshua to pick a side saying, “choose this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15).
The world and its people may go their way, “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” (Hebrews 10:39)
Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated contract the virus and it also doesn’t matter whether we are great or small.
We are to take precautions (social distancing/masks/vaccinations) and be wise as the Bible says, but never to put our hope in that.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Our God is the one who keeps us and in Him, we hope!
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” (Psalm 146:5)