This year has been a very interesting one. It was the start of a new decade that started with a bang! It looked very promising, with lots of plans, lots of resolutions, and lots of things to look forward to. However, weeks after the new year started, the whole world was shocked. Tables were shaken. Tables of every life, home, family, church, company, country, leaders got shaken by this Coronavirus.
I am very sure that, if you were told on the 31st of December 2019 that you would have to sit at home and not go out, except to buy food and take fresh air for 3 months plus, you would have laughed! But here we are. Here we are, in a new season, a new type of abnormal, or normality to some.
Nevertheless, the biggest question which every believer must ask themselves in this time is “Why Lord?, What Lord?”. Honestly! This is a serious question we must take to the table. We need to take this question to the throne of Grace, the throne of God. Nothing happens in this world that God does not know about. Not to say that God caused this lockdown, but He allowed it. He saw it coming
before we did. He knew this would happen. He could have decided not to allow it but He did. And He knows why, and for what.
We need to ask Him “why” and “what”, not to grumble about being sat at home, but WHY He wants us to sit at home and WHAT He wants us to do or to be doing. If you have not yet realised, know now that God is calling every single one of us back to Him. He has removed every single thing that takes our attention and time away from Him. I know you have heard that many times, but has it changed you? The knowledge that God has allowed everything to be taken from you to focus on Him. HAS IT REALLY CHANGED YOU? Or have you found something else to replace those things that were taken away? Or as the other little comforts He has allowed us to have during this time taking over, are we misusing them?
Don't come out of this lockdown, locked away from God.
Don’t come out of this lockdown, locked away from God. Don’t come out of this with nothing. Come out with a better relationship with Christ. Come out true to your relationship with God.
Post Lockdown will define those that profess Christ because they simply know the name, from those that know Christ truly. Post lockdown will show the difference between church attendees and Christ followers.
I implore you to use this time to
Read the Word, Learn the Word, Meditate on His Word - “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1: 8
Learn to Pray and Fast, Learn to study the word if you don’t know how to - “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Take part in individual and group Bible study, connect with a true christian church - "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6
Develop yourself, preach and encourage another person - "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:12-14
Be renewed. Seek for a clean and renewed heart. - "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" Psalm 51:10
Help others - "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
Sharpen the gifts God has given you - “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Matthew 25:29
God is setting the scene for the coming of Christ, the day is drawing closer and closer. God is giving us a great opportunity to pick the path we want to walk on; the narrow or the wide road. I beseech you, don’t stay locked down to the ways of the world, your previous ways pre lockdown. Find Christ now, and find your way back to Him, now that other things have been removed. This is the greatest
attention seeking move God has made in our generation, give Him the attention and let Him speak to you.
Let God tell you why and what. Let Him show you why you were made, let Him show you what you were made for. Let Him answer your “whys” and “whats”. He has not allowed this to happen for happening sake. He has every single human’s life in His heart and Hands. It’s not long now before Christ returns. He wants to show you great things, and He wants to answer your “whys” and whats.
He wants you to give Him attention. The "why"; did God allow Coronavirus is because He wants you! The "what" is because He wants you to make it to Heaven. He does not want to have His precious child burn in everlasting fire! He is calling you back!
Remember, God has more “whys” and “what” answers to give you. You can only know if you don't stay locked down spiritually.
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