CHRIST THROUGH US (My Faith During Covid-19)
Ever since the virus of 2020 hit the globe in March, I have been questioning God -
- Where are you Lord?
- What are you doing?
Many of the answers I receive are appropriate due to the omnipresent, all-powerful, all-knowing God that Christians put their faith, trust and hope in. Answers like God is on His Throne, everywhere and inside of us. Answers on the line of God is orchestrating history and this virus is just a step toward the chaos of The Tribulation Period.
However, just like a two-year old in the faith, I always come around to the "why" question. I ask God, "But why Lord, knowing you are all that we need, you are All-in-All, and we have been crying out to you, will you not respond favorably and rescue the world from this virus and not let any more lives pass through the doorway of death?"
I have come to believe and receive from the Lord that trust in God's powerful prophetic plan shown in its due course is necessary. God's power and promises will be fulfilled, if not through His children then by whatever means He sees fitting. During this challenging time of suffering due to the virus, Christians need to pay homage to their Following of Christ by finding creative ways to execute the Great Commission and fulfill the prophetic Call on their lives.
"Moses and the children of Israel were in the wilderness and the Lord was about to punish them for their constant murmuring and unbelief. Moses, thinking in the natural, questioned God's ability to carry out His judgment (Numbers 11:21-22)
Moses's doubt challenged the power of the Divine (vv. 1-15). Had Moses forgotten that he had been not only a witness but also an instrument of the Almighty's work? God's matchless power had not waned from the time He had inflicted the plagues on Egypt, parted the Red Sea and rained manna from heaven. The Great I AM had not become weak or weary--He remained the same and His power was undiminished." [p.250, Earth's Last Empire, The Final Game of Thrones by John Hagee]
For some strange reason, I get like Moses a lot. The next mountain or great challenge in front of me looms greater than the one behind me and the climb to conqueror it even more daunting. I have prayed that The Lord remove this virus mountain, but He has not answered that prayer. Some mountains the Lord climbs with you instead of removing. This is the wonderment of it all - after travailing through the issue, He still seems to be silent. But in the silence God asks all believers - "Have you forgotten the power of your witness and my power in you as my instrument?"
In this Covid-19 Virus attack on the world, the Christian must keep his/her eye on Christ and His power and promises He has for us. Both of these, His power and promises, are released through studying, receiving, getting excited and sharing God's prophecy and its fulfillment.
"The study of prophecy and its fulfillment reveals that God's powerful hand will stretch as far as needed to achieve His divine plan. This is the same power that measures the depth of the seas and the heights of the heavens (Isaiah 40:12).
The greatest proof of God's power lies within His Word and its fulfillment, which includes our personal redemption from sin and conformity to Christ's resurrection. It is through the fulfillment of His Word that God responded to Moses's doubt. Remember this truth: God is power. His Word is power; therefore, when God speaks--it comes to pass!" [p.250-251, Earth's Last Empire, The Final Game of Thrones by John Hagee]
There is no better person to speak to the condition we are facing and God's presence in it than Christ Himself. Just as we have many questions swirling around our heads and faith, the disciples did also and The Lord responds to us all -
"Let not your hearts be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me." (John 14:1)
However, Jesus did not stop with don't worry, everything is going to be o.k., just keep your eyes on me. In the very next verses, The Lord gave all those who believe in Him prophetic hope by saying,
"In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:2-3)
Because Christ's prophetic track record was perfect, revealed to the disciples in person and explained to two in particular on the Road to Emmaus - the promise to return was believed by them and believers down through the ages.
God's prophetic call on our lives will be seen to completion. Sound familiar? Paul encourages the believers in Philippi by the Holy Spirit -
"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6)
God told Abraham he would be the father of all who would believe and so it was (Hebrews 11:8-12). The Virgin Mary was told she would give birth to the Son of God and she accepted this great responsibility (Luke 1:38). Paul's conversion came with a price - many sufferings and this was revealed to Ananias (Acts 9:13-15).
All these people, with or without difficulties at first, came to believe in Christ and place their trust of their future in His hands. When Jesus confronted Thomas after The Resurrection, Christ was also confronting me. He said, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29) Although at the time this was referring to Christ's bodily victory over death, Hell and the grave - I also believe we are blessed in believing in the Power and Promises we have not yet seen. The prophetic that is yet history, in many cases through us, has to be in us first -
"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)
I have been allowing challenging situations define me, like this virus, instead of who Christ says I am, whether in or out of trials. If all Christians would believe and operate in the power of God's prophetic plan over their lives then perhaps the world, especially during this time, would see more of Christ Through Us.