How is the Covid-19 pandemic affecting you? How is it making you feel?
Are you feeling weak? Maybe even your very character and personality is taking a pounding at this time. Are you maybe struggling to get back in the race? I think many, many people can identify with that situation. I am talking to people all over the place and many are lost, some don’t know what’s going on, they seem to be in the doldrums, and they just can’t get out of it and it is making them feel very weak.
You know there is a positive aspect in this whole crisis that we are living through at the moment. If we look at 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV), Paul says: — “10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Sometimes being weak brings us back to reality. We tend to get puffed up sometimes and feel that we can do everything ourselves and at a time like this it is almost like we become completely vulnerable and lacking any kind of stamina or strength. But remember when we are strong, we are in a dangerous place because we feel we don’t need God, but when we are weak, God is strong through us and that saves us from falling. I know in my own life many times when I have been called to speak at a large conference, at a stadium event, at a Mighty Men Conference or at an ‘Its Time’ Prayer meeting, I feel very vulnerable and in fact very weak. But that is when I hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me almost audibly. That’s why Paul says he rejoices in his tribulation because tribulation worketh patience, patience character, and character, hope.
Rom 5:3-4 (NKJV) –“3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Many a time when I am struggling, that is actually when I am in the safest place. You know what they say, when you are kneeling down, you can’t fall any further, but when you are put on a pedestal (and people have a habit of doing that) it’s funny, the same people are the ones who kick that pedestal from under you. So we need to understand one thing very clearly and that is Jesus Christ is still Lord of all. We don’t understand why or how but it is not for you and I to ask questions, just to ask the Lord to give us the strength to keep going.
A very beautiful scripture is found in Psalm 55:22 (NKJV) — “22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
So we look forward to what God is going to do in the coming months.
Jesus bless you and keep you strong in Him.
Angus and Jill Buchan
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