Coronavirus has been a bigger giant to be faced in all of our lives than we ever expected and I can only imagine how big and foreboding it has become on many levels for some.
This may have become a time where many have felt small, insignificant and vulnerable as a result of many knock on factors.
Maybe health, age, responsibilities, relationships, jobs finances, and undoubtedly many more reasons as to why one may feel sinking spirals of fear and powerless and out of control.
My sense is that from God’s perspective now more than ever is a time to
Abide in the Lord.
It is certainly a time for some to have more clarity and be aware of divine moments.
For others it may have become a time for a need to know what to do?
God does sometimes answer the Hows? Why’s? and What’s quite clearly, however, often it comes with delay and what seems a tussle.
Revelation is not always as immediately so forth coming as we would choose.
He seems to delight in the mystery because it focuses us on the closeness of seeking and increases faith because we have to trust.
Faith often stands firmly on the shoulders of lots of small measures of trust which accumulatively we learn how to steward and use mightily in times of greater need.
Our natural inclination may well be a need to know and God’s answer frustratingly maybe simply trust in me. His patience can always outrun ours.
‘Fear not‘ Appears on multiple occasions in the bible especially spoken by Jesus.
What faith and trust that takes to be obedient to.
A glance in the rear view mirror often shows us more clearly the wisdom of these words than while we are navigating and progressing blindly.
We may feel small but our giant is always smaller than God.
Our weapon and armour is in our belief, faith and our worship.
As well as the armour of faith spoken of in Eph 6 v 11
The illustration shows the giant formed out of hundreds of spiralling fears. We are portrayed as victors despite looking small because we are surrounded in worship and the words of faith and promises. God is always bigger.
The giant becomes bound, his weapon broken and impotent in the presence of the Holy Spirit portrayed by the spectrum, the Light in the darkness.
The words written into that presence are taken from a current contemporary worship song which are so relevant at the moment and well worth a listen to.
‘ I Raise a Hallelujah.’ by Bethel
Two scriptures which come to mind are:
The Lord watches over those who obey him, those who trust in his constant love. He saves them from death; he keeps them alive in times of famine. We put our hope in the Lord; he is our protector and our help. We are glad because of him; we trust in his holy name. Ps 33 v 18 – 23
Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. Jer 20 v 13