Tuesday, 24 March 2020
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. (Amplified Bible)
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength. (NIV)
If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. (NLT)
Don’t give up and be helpless in times of trouble. (CET)
The Covid-19 has surfaced many unsung heroes and heroines. Many medical professionals and essential workers did not quit at the on-slough of this epidemic. They ignored the difficulties, resisted the tiredness and the danger of being exposed to the coronavirus. They are aware of the negative consequences, so they are prepared for them, they fight through them. I thank God for all these men and women in Wuhan, in Malaysia and other affected areas across the world. It is said, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Only the weak will faint, fail or quit when the going gets tough.
Bad things can happen to both the wicked and as well as good people. Today all perverted version of Christian lifestyle that teaches Christians will be healthy and wealthy is a LIE. Throughout life, we will be tested. This round may be just Coronavirus. The next may be the collapsed of the worldwide economy. It may hit us directly. We may be made redundant. The “stressed test” of life will be an ongoing experience. it will come in different forms and sizes. In this world, there will be troubles, but Jesus promises us, in John 16.33′ “I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God allows adversities not only to test our strength but also our faith. Don’t try to face the adversary with our own strength. we will fail. Self-confidence will make us lose confidence in God. Our faith in God will enable us to defeat the adversity. The Psalmist says, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of God, in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
How well will we stand in times of trouble? Do you faint? Do you falter? Do you fail? My brothers and sisters, Don’t give up and be helpless in times of trouble. The Lord is with us, with Him we are more than conquerors.
Duet. 31.6; 8
“Be strong and bold, have no fear or dread of them because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail or forsake you. Do not fear or dismayed.”
Prayer for today
“My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and salvation, he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 61.1-2.
“When I called, you answered me, you made me bold and stouthearted.” Psalm 138.3
O Lord, our God, we thank you for being the. Rock of our salvation. Because you are our fortress will not be shaken by the Covid-19. We are grateful, whenever we called you answered. Thank you for your Holy presence is with us. We are not afraid. Thank you Lord for these days of self-isolation. It makes us stop and reflect on the purpose and the unpredictability of life. This pandemic reminds us that we are all equal in your eyes. It cuts across racial, economic, religious and geographical boundaries. Death is no respecter of person.
Lord, I treasure my family, my siblings, my church family. How thankful I am to be lovingly connected to each of you. How blessed and rich I am because Jesus had made it all possible for me to learn to love and serve.
I am thankful for Malaysia and the current leadership that God will give them the wisdom to put the interest of the people first. I am grateful for all the medical professionals and all the essential workers sacrificially serve the people. Let us cooperate with the authority and together, with the help of our Almighty God, we will put this calamity behind us soon.
Let us not stop doing what is good and right in our family and community. Thank You Lord, for giving us a spirit of power and love for each other in this difficult time. We pray and ask in Jesus Name, Amen.
Pastor Isaac Yim