In the recent days and months, the world has been aflood with buzzwords such as “change”, “life no longer business as usual”, “new normal”, etc. as we grapple with a global pandemic that has affected almost every area of our lives.
With absolute certainty, the world will not come out of this pandemic unchanged. We will not be the same. Social norms and lifestyles will change. Our outlook and perspectives will change. The way businesses are run will change.
What does this mean for the people of God?
12 April 2020 | Day 12
NOT THE END, BUT ONLY THE BEGINNING
The reset that God is calling us to is not a reset to a new thing. Neither is this a reset for us to do nothing, or to do anything we deem fit. This reset is God’s beckoning for us to return to the primary thing that He has originally purposed for us.
It is our prayer that this 12-Day “One Thing” Fast will spark in many a lifelong pursuit of becoming a person of “one thing”. We want to encourage everyone on this journey to allow the Lord to fulfil His good pleasure and His work of faith in power in us, that we may be counted worthy of His calling (2 Thess. 1:11-12) for us to be men and women after His own heart.
The Bible records the lives of the people of “one thing” for us to emulate – King David, Mary of Bethany, John the Apostle, John the Baptist, Paul the Apostle and Daniel. They are ordinary people like us, but there is much we can learn from the choices they made to pursue the Lord with their all.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis that is affecting many nations around the world, it is crucial for God’s people to correctly interpret what is happening and to understand what the Lord wants from His people in this time.
The world has entered a new normal. However, are we as God’s people hearing Him correctly and responding rightly to Him? Or are we simply waiting for this to blow over so that we can go back to our lives business-as-usual?
God’s everlasting Word provides the answer as to what we need to do in such a time as this. It gives us the grid through which we can make sense of this global crisis, and the answers to the question, “How then shall we live?“
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How do we find confidence in the Lord in the midst of this shaking? Which verses of Scripture can we turn to in this time?
King David wrote Psalm 27 as a psalm of confidence in the Lord. Let us hold fast to it today.
(from Kay-Chong Yeo)
“In December 2015, I had a prophetic dream. In that dream, a voice that sounded like a loud trumpet said to me, ‘Storm is coming!’
Immediately, I saw dark clouds accumulating in front of me and huge winds began to blow. A rising tide of floodwaters swept towards me.
Suddenly, the voice said to me again, ‘Look! Stand on that Rock!‘ I looked and a Rock arose to my right. I climbed onto the Rock in the midst of the rising floodwaters and strong winds. The winds were so strong that I could not balance myself.
The voice shouted at me again, ‘Cement your feet on the Rock so that you may have strength to stand.‘ Then I awoke and Luke 21:36 immediately came to mind.”
Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy [i.e. may have strength] to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Today, the storm is here.
If we understand the biblical narrative for what is to come (Matt 24, Mk 13, Lk 21), things will not get better.
Joel chapter 2 gives us the clearest answer in how to respond in crisis!
The only solution is to SHIFT, ALIGN and RESET to God!
The key is to be REAL, DEEP and AUTHENTIC in our walk with Jesus!
Things will not get better,
but we can grow stronger
we can burn hotter
we can shine brighter!