Throughout the past two weeks, I have found myself becoming ever-increasingly frustrated with the way humanity is handling the coronavirus. My frustration, for days, has been so intense there are times I have to excuse myself from conversations focused on the virus due to my concern of sounding angry towards whoever is obsessing about it.
So, as sat down with the Lord this morning, I asked Him for one thing, “DIRECTION”. I thought He would give me some sort of clarity on what the next step is or how to go about handling this new era of panic and dread, but instead, the Lord showed me where my frustration stemmed from.
We, the body, the believers, the church, do not know who our God is.
Now, many of you, I guarantee, are cringing right now and immediately taking offense, so let me explain where I’m coming from.
Many years ago, when I first began to truly walk in step with the Lord, I read a passage from one of Smith Wigglesworth’s books. In it, he said something along the lines of:
“If we really knew who the Lord was, we wouldn’t need to lock our doors at night, we wouldn’t need a dog to protect our homes.”
That passage, for months, years even, struck my Spirit. How could Smith say such a thing? I thought. Is he telling me I have no faith if I lock my doors? Is he saying I don’t believe in God if I have a dog roaming my property? How dare he! I reasoned over and over again.
I went back and forth many times trying to understand what those simple words meant. I found I was offended by them and every time I went to lock my doors, I became more offended.
Now, anyone who knows me knows I am borderline obsessed with Smith Wiggleswort. I find a way to bring him up in random conversations without even knowing it, and part of the reason may be because of that humble statement he made, a statement that changed my life.
I began to ask myself “why” I do certain things.
- Why do I lock my doors?
- Because I don’t want anyone coming into my home who isn’t welcome
- Why would I get a big dog to guard my house?
- Because I don’t want someone coming onto my property uninvited or unannounced
This makes sense, doesn’t it? Of course it does!
The questions continued:
- Who is the Lord?
- My savior, healer, protector, guide, commander, my everything
- Is the Lord able to do what a lock can do?
- Is the Lord able to do what a guard dog can do?
- Is the Lord better able to keep me safe than either of those things?
As I continued to question who God was, I began to see all that humanity has put in place to replace Him.
We have fire insurance, life insurance, flood insurance, car insurance, insurance for everything we “may” encounter.
We have cameras watching our homes, double locks on our doors, bars on our windows “just in case” someone comes along to take what is ours or harm us.
We get vaccines for diseases we are fearful of contracting (side not: in the past 10 years I have gotten the flu vaccine one time, that was the one year I got the flu).
We live in a constant state of “what if”, yet we serve a God of “fear nothing”…it just doesn’t match up, does it?
So, the coronavirus has brought up a question we need to all take into consideration:
Do we know who our God is?
- “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4
- “A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.” -Psalm 91:7
- “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7
- “No evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.” -Psalm 91:10 (NLT)
- “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” -Isaiah 53:5
IF we truly believed in these words, IF we really, honestly believed them, we would never fear, worry or be anxious, about anything.
I can hear the reasoning now:
- “Is she saying to go into a crowd of sick people?”
- “Is she saying that if I wash my hands I’m afraid?”
- “Is she saying I don’t trust God if I cleaned my house and keep my kids inside?”
Goodness, people, stop with the reasoning and start proclaiming who your God is!
Reasoning is what the Pharisees did with Jesus because they didn’t want to believe that He was who He said He was. They didn’t want to accept that He was the HEALER, the SAVIOR, the PROTECTOR, the GUARDIAN, the OVERCOMER, the DISEASE DEFEATER.
If we truly knew who we served, who our God was, this coronavirus would not affect us because we would know, “no weapon formed against [us] shall prosper” -Isaiah 54:17.
If we truly believed the Word, we wouldn’t be afraid of other people who may or may not have the virus because we would know our, “Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen [us] and protect [us] from the evil one.” -2 Thessalonians 3:3
If we truly understand that every Word in the bible is God’s promise to His people, the things that concern the world would not concern us because, as Jesus states, we “are not of the world” -John 17:16
I write this post as a reminder to rise up when others cower, stand when others crumble and proclaim who your God is regardless of what is going on around you.
Now is not a time to hide away and allow fear to control your life, now is a time to rise up and live your life free of fear, anxiety or concern and begin to say, ” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” -Philippians 4:13.
I understand that this virus has affected many and I understand that it is still out there, but what I understand far more than any of that is that I am a child of God and when I pray for Him to protect me I know I am protected because the Lord told me, “all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” -Matthew 21:22.
I have come too far with the Lord to start doubting Him now. I know who my God is, do you?