If we are open to it, I believe God wants to use this pandemic to do some INCREDIBLE things in us all! Perhaps He will use it to answer some major prayers that many of us have been praying for years.
10 blessings I see:
1. Our eyes are being opened to just how dependent we are on the Lord. He is the source of our health, our jobs, our supply, and every good thing. We aren’t in control and we need God desperately. This is a humbling, but healthy, realization. It may help to peel back many layers of our pride and the idea that we are self-sufficient and self-made.
2. We are seeing that the church is not a building, it is the people of God. And we are having to break many of our habits that have been distracting us from things that matter most—loving God and loving people with His love.
3. Christians are becoming stronger in our faith and much more emboldened to share Jesus, the gospel, and His love. We are being refined and purified and made to be more like Jesus. What a priceless gift!
4. Many unbelievers are more open to the gospel and willing to consider eternal things. Sometimes it takes something pretty scary to wake us up before we turn to God. Maybe God will use this wake-up call to bring millions home to the kingdom of Christ. We all have to come face-to-face with our mortality and a threat like this makes us realize that the time to get right with God and with others is today.
5. Many of us are getting a lot more family time. Perhaps God will use this time to strengthen marriages and families that have become so fragile, especially if we invite Him to do so. We can pray this for ourselves and for those around us. We can also reach out to minister to the needs of the lonely and needy around us, as well.
6. Many people are reading the Bible more, praying more, and worshipping God more than ever. There is a much greater sense of urgency and need. Of course, God is worth of all of our devotion at all times, but a crisis can help clarify the eternal perspective sometimes.
7. Christians are uniting across the world in fervent prayer without divisions. This plague may well be a giant catalyst for a massive wave of repentance and salvation, a new Great Awakening!
9. Perhaps God will use this to bring spiritual and emotional healing and unity in Christ across His people, Maybe even in our nation, and in other countries around the world.
10. We are going to come out of this with a much deeper sense of appreciation for so many things we have been taking for granted. Perhaps a beautiful spirit of thanksgiving and contentment with our basic needs being met will replace the spirit of entitlement that has been so prevalent.
This pandemic will change us all. My prayer is that we will be open to all God desires to do and all He has for us to learn and the ways He wants to use this to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.James 1:2-4
From a dear friend at my church, with her permission:
This morning I was ahead of schedule with work and had a few minutes to spare, so I went by my church. The streets were quiet and the sidewalks empty. The doors were locked and the lights were off. It made my heart hurt. I know it’s just a building, but it’s like our home. Our house of worship.
My family comes here throughout the week to worship, to learn, to fellowship with our church family, but now we can’t. I understand it’s for our well-being, but man, I just miss it. I miss the faces, I miss the music, I miss the worship. I even miss chasing my children through those halls, telling them to not scream and run while I’m screaming and running after them.
As I was sitting in my car, I heard a voice in my heart telling me to get out. Just for a minute. So I got out, walked to the steps of the front of our church, got on my knees and prayed. I prayed for healing, for faith, for direction on what to do in the midst of this crisis. And I prayed that when all of this illness does pass, and those church doors can open again, that the people come. Let every church be filled with shouts of worship and praise.
And until those doors open again, I’ll continue to pray. My family will worship from home. We won’t let our guard down and let Satan sneak in just because those doors are closed. And I pray that you all will do the same.
What blessings do you see in this global pandemic so far?
What good things do you believe God might bring from all of this?
Verses about Trials from www.openbible.info
How to Have a Saving Relationship with Christ
- Admit you are a sinner and you can’t be perfect and holy enough in God’s eyes to be right with Him on your own. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23
- Believe that Jesus died on your behalf to pay the price for your sin and to give you a way to be right with God – to be forgiven. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Rom. 6:23
- Confess that Jesus is your Lord – this means, Jesus is now your Master and you live your life for Him and His glory rather than for yourself. You say it out loud to others and you live it from now on. “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.” Rom. 10:9-10