We are living in unprecedented times. Unprecedented means ”not done or experienced before.” Unprecedented means ”without precedent.”
In our lifetime, it’s never been like this before. We are trying to live in an unfamiliar environment. Sometimes it feels like we are a fish out of water. Wearing a mask makes me feel like a fish out of water because I can’t breathe. In these unprecedented times, we are trying to train ourselves to be distant. No handshakes or hugs. No pats on the back. We are forced to hide our expression behind our masks. We can’t greet each other the way we always have. My Bible says to ”greet each other with a holy kiss,” not a holy elbow bump or a holy air high-five. Many people are getting very frustrated with the restrictions and demands put on them that they want to rebel against the system. They don’t know how to be normal anymore.
But we’re learning some things and we’re learning them fast. Let’s reflect on these questions. Can you preach without a pulpit? Can we worship without a sound system? What about lighting? Not just lights in the building, but you know, lighting? Can we do Bible study without someone watching? Can we have “family style” worship where the whole family sits together?
Since we are going forward to a more eternal reward, and more important recognition by God, are we as willing to make the appropriate sacrifices and practice the necessary disciplines?
If you have ever watched the Olympic games on TV, you have probably been amazed at the feats the human body is capable of doing. It has always amazed me how some of these athletes have spent their entire childhood preparing for a single event that in some cases is over within a few minutes. The amount of training and sacrifice is enormous, all for a single goal. A Gold medal and worldwide recognition that you are the best in that particular thing than all the humans on earth.
We have a more important prize than mere gold, and more important recognition than just that of this world to consider. We can’t allow the challenges of our time to prevent us from going forward. We’re people of the future, we know how to adapt with the challenges and keep moving in the right direction.
Philippians 1:6, states; “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (NKJV).”
Progress, He will finish the work He has started in us.
• Declare that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He has done before He can do it again.
• Pray that as we seek God’s face, we will discern His wisdom, provision and healing during this extreme challenge facing our world.
• Pray that we will know that no matter what crisis we face God promises to walk with us.
• Pray for God to open our eyes to see what He sees. This crisis is not a surprise to God. We don’t believe God caused it, but we also believe God won’t waste it.
• Pray for the written Word of God to clearly reveal God’s purpose and power in this season.
• Pray for one another that God would reveal to each one of us spiritual wisdom and insight so we will see God’s purposes.