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Finding The Good In This Pandemic Crisis

During a crisis, it is difficult to see any form of good because you are usually traumatized.

The entire world is facing an unprecedented situation at the same time. As a result, fear and panic reaction are compounded because it appears as if the world is coming to an end.

If a hurricane devastated a country, the other unaffected countries will pool together to send supplies and relief to help the affected country.

However, if a natural disaster such as an earthquake shakes the entire earth such that every country and territory is affected then there will be no one to help the other.

What will happen then?

And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:6-8)

The above verses give the impression that if disasters and troubles are sporadic meaning they occurred in different places at various times then it is the beginning of sorrows, but it is not the end of the world.

Although the coronavirus pandemic is worldwide and it is negatively affecting certain areas of society we have not reached the point of global devastation of human infrastructure.

Therefore, life must continue because this is not the end. Consequently, we must seek to find the good in this current crisis to survive.

Whenever there is tragedy or catastrophe there will always be negative emotional factors surfacing. These include the following.

1.  Fear and panic attacks resulting in overspending and stockpiling. Fear and panic will also lower your immune system thus making you more susceptible to catching the virus.

2.  A crisis may bring out the worst in people causing greed and selfishness.

3.  The religious spirit manifests itself greater among Christians during a crisis. Some people accuse others of not having enough faith in God and are acting out of fear in obeying the government’s warning.

Remember, there is a thin line between fear and faith and those who are accusing others of been fearful may just be the ones who are fearful. So it is best that we examine ourselves individually.

James 2:14 – 26 says faith without works is dead. Therefore, ignoring the precautionary measures because you believe that you can pray the disease away will not work.

You need to pray and take the necessary precautions.

Finding the good in this pandemic crisis

1.  Confidence in the power of God

Be confident in God because He has not given you the spirit of fear but love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

2.  Quality time

This temporary confinement to your home is an excellent time to spend quality time with yourself to reflect and meditate.

If you have done anything that is not pleasing to God now is the perfect time to seek Him in repentance and He will forgive you.

Today is the day of Salvation. Listen to the voice of the Lord and do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:15).

If someone has done you wrong now is the time to ask the Lord to help you to forgive them.

3.  Family bonding.

This may be the first time that all the family members are together under one roof.

Therefore, make use of this opportunity to come together in love and unity. Create games and activities that you can do together as a family.

4.  Rest and more rest.

Yes, confinement to your home will force you to rest and refresh.

5.  Cleanliness and hygiene.

The risk of getting this virus will force people to pay more attention to their personal hygiene.

6.  Rejoice in the Lord!

Regardless of what is happening around you, it is not the end of the world. Therefore, you can rejoice in the Lord knowing that He will protect and provide for you during this pandemic.

7.  Be prepared!

Educate your self and then teach your children how to become self-reliant.

This means that you teach them how to be independent of technology by teaching them how to grow food in your backyard, how to cook and bake nutritious food, making your own clothes and essential household supplies, natural and homemade remedies, etc.

YouTube is pack with people called Prepsteaders who are teaching about survival skills in the event of a global disaster.

As Christians, this is a time to prepare your heart and life for the coming of the Lord. Ensure you are ready like the five wise virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).

Jesus told us the signs that will appear before His return.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:29-31)

We will always see signs upon the earth that indicate that the coming of Christ is near.

However, when you see the signs that Jesus specified above in the heavens then immediately you will see the glorious appearance of the Son of Man as He burst through the sky.

This will be the end of the world as we know it!

The Lord will immediately remove His elect from the four winds (corners) of the earth before He poured out His judgment upon the unrepentant.

Other References

Rejoicing in the Lord in times of crisis – Habakkuk 3; Isaiah 46:9-10; Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18. 

Overcoming fear – Isaiah 35:4; Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Joshua 10:25; Matthew 10; Romans 8:15; 1 John 4:18; Revelation 1:17; Revelation 2:10.

Protection of the saints – Psalms 27; Psalms 90 -91

Being prepared – Matthew 25; 2 Thessalonians 2; James 5:7-8. 

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

22 Comments »

  1. I love this post, and I especially love Habakkuk 3:17-19. The Lord led me to those verses back in September, when I was rejoicing because God had miraculously answered a prayer of mine. In my heart, I heard the Lord say: “Would you still be thanking and praising me, if my answer to your prayer had been No, or Not Yet?” Yes, Lord! I will joy in the God of my salvation, even when the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vine.

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    • Amen. We have to remember to rejoice even in the bad times. It is hard but we have to at least try. The Lord will honor our sincere desire to praise Him. I am so glad that this post encouraged you and thank you for sharing.

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  2. Wow! That was an excellent article on “Identifying the Religious Spirit”! There are many good things that can come out of this crisis. God is always working to bring about good. I am thankful for His many blessings, even during this difficult time, He is still blessing abundantly. Thanks for pointing out the good. I enjoyed this post.

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  3. I can’t speak for anyone else, but in my post when I addressed the topic I was speaking of the government advising and the government mandating, there is a difference between the two. At the time of my post it was not mandated that we close the doors of our church therefore it was not lawful at least not in my city. Its since been lawful for us to gather and it goes through up until the end of the month of April and we have complied. Now we have moved our services online and using Zoom for our other ministry events. There are different regulations for different areas. My intentions was not to be accusatory, but for us to wake up and see the ploy of the enemy. There were people who indeed could’ve attended their local church but chose not to out of fear, not because of adhering to the CDC guidelines. Refuse to go to church but not the grocery store or other public places where there are also crowds. **blank stare** In any event, I chose to speak out the stance I was taking.

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    • It is perfectly fine for you to express your opinion on the matter. I also believe that this virus is thriving on fear and it is fear and anxiety attack that are paralizing and killing people.

      We have to pray against the spirit of fear that is currently plaguing the entire world. Now we have a new fear- the fear of losing our job and not having the money to provide for our family. I must admit that this fear is one that is threathening me right now. I have to keep reminding myself that God is a provider and I must trust Him. Let us continue to pray for each other.

      I have not visit your blog for a while, but I have not forgotten you. I will soon. Have a blessed day and please stay safe under the wings of the Almighty.

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  4. This was such a good point, “if a natural disaster such as an earthquake shakes the entire earth such that every country and territory is affected then there will be no one to help the other.” With the entire world being shaken to its core, no one can look to another to help….we all have to look up to the Unshakable One; the only One who is our Help.

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    • Praise God, because at that time the Lord will descend from heaven with the shout of angelic hosts. Every eyes will see Him and every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Hallelujah! Can’t wait to see this glorious day.

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