Recorded via Zoom
by Cynthia Sundram
As of the end of June 2020, about 500,000 — half a million — people have died from COVID-19 worldwide. More than 10 million have been infected, with actual numbers likely to be higher due to the lack of diligent reporting and widespread testing in many nations.
Many people have lost jobs, with scores of businesses and national economies affected. The price of oil went negative for the first time in history underscoring the disease’s impact on the global economy. In the midst of the lockdowns, social problems have increased, suicides have increased, and domestic violence has increased.
Where is God in all this? Worse still — did this pandemic catch God by surprise?
By Joshua Yap
Have you ever been locked outside of your own house? And without any means of getting in because your family member inside was blissfully ignorant of your plight? It’s an annoying experience: being so close yet so far. What if I told you that this is what Jesus faces with many of us in the body of Christ today?
In Revelation 3:20, we see the Lord of the universe knocking on the doors of our hearts, waiting and longing to enter in. At first glance, this sounds like a Scripture written to unbelievers. Yet we find that this verse was Jesus’ message to the church in Laodicea – it’s written to believers! In their lukewarmness, they had locked God out of their lives and kept Him waiting in a place where they could be blissfully ignorant of His presence and desires.
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?
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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(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!