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WHERE ARE WE NOW?
As we examine the state of the nation, we might say that we are in a time of trouble. This, of course, is due to the corona virus and the financial fallout that is a bi-product of this pandemic. There are differing opinions as to the path forward. As Christians, what is our view of the state of affairs with which we are dealing?
Looking at this condition, we note in the Old and New Testament the phrase "a time of trouble" used over 70 times.
In scripture many of the references given are when the people of God neglected the place of God in their lives. Jeremiah the prophet spoke these words in Jeremiah 2:27-28, "Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? Let them arise if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah. Wherefore will ye plead with me? Ye all have transgressed against me, saith the Lord."
Israel had constructed idols of wood and stone and paid homage to them. When trouble came and they prayed to these idols nothing happened. With the failure of their pagan gods, they called on the God of their fathers and he rebuked them for drifting away from him.
How has God worked to come to the aid of his people? At times God acts in supernatural ways, other times through the efforts of his people. We need to pray for those who are caring for the sick and for those doing research to find a vaccine and treatments for the virus. Remember the paramedics. We need to be sensitive to those who have lost their jobs and are without food.
The Mandarin language has a word for disaster that has a twofold meaning; crisis and opportunity. In this pandemic we have both a crisis and an opportunity. It can bring out the best in people but for others it brings out the worst as they look for gain. Those who ask what they can to help are blessed.