During a recent TV news report, someone referred to the Corona Virus as “an invisible enemy.” Right after this man uttered those words, I thought of other invisible enemies that people battle during this worldwide crisis: fear, discouragement, depression and more.
At times lately as I watch the TV for too long, I start to allow these invisible enemies to interfere with my faith in the Lord— often without realizing they’re creeping in. Thoughts of many “what ifs” try to sneak into my thought life. If I let them stay, the final outcome of each one ends in a catastrophe.
I find myself turning to Facebook where I’m blessed by encouraging words from brothers and sisters in the Lord. Some of the themes have been: there are still things to be thankful for during this crisis, although so much about our world has changed, nothing about God has, and God will bring good out of this bad and already has as people reach out to help and encourage others.
I’ve been so blessed by Christian singers whose concerts have been cancelled or who just want to bless others who have done live concerts on Facebook from their living rooms. As I sang along, I felt so connected to the body of Christ and to all the people in the world and truly had a sense of “we’re all in this together.”
Today I’m thinking of a song which has meant a lot to me lately. It’s called “Waymaker” by Leeland. The first time I heard the song, the words that caught me beside the chorus were “Even when I don’t see it You’re working. Even when I don’t feel it You’re working. You never stop. You never stop working.”
In this crisis, I can be tempted to think, God’s not working to end all of this. When that thought tried to invade recently, another one came: He may not seem to be changing what’s going on with this disease right away, but He’s working to change us, to encourage us, to draw us near to Him. He’s also working in those who because of this crisis may choose Christ as their Savior.
As I reflected on other times of crisis in my life, I realized He didn’t always end the negative circum-stances when I wanted Him to or break through loved one’s hardened hearts in the huge ways I longed for Him to do, but He worked on my heart to give me a proper perspective and strength to make it through.
As I think of invisible enemies that try to defeat me during crisis times, something else that’s invisible comes to mind: the faithfulness of God.
No matter what trial, trauma, or tribulation I look back on, I see God’s faithfulness—at times even in the midst of my lack of faith.
During this time of uncertainty, I’m determined to keep my eyes open for God’s faithfulness, even in the midst. He’s been faithful in the past, and since He doesn’t change He’ll be faithful again. I sense His faithfulness right now, which is not about preventing all of this or ending it this moment, but about His providing to help us through it.
Now that I’m spending much more time at home, I can spend more time alone with the Lord. I can seek Him to refresh and restore me and bring me to a place of rest.
As I seek Him, He keeps the promise He made in Psalm 34:4: I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (NIV)
I remember during other personal crises, I thought This is the worst time of my life. But if I’m honest I also could say, “That was the best time of my life.” Why? Because I felt closer to God than ever before. As I drew close to Him, He drew close to me. (See James 4:8) He reminded me who He was and whose I was and assured me of His love, despite my broken heart and the sense that I had no control over all that was happening around me. He’s doing that again.
I’m seeing that I can allow invisible enemies besides the Corona Virus to take over, or I can choose to allow God’s invisible faithfulness now and over the years to remind that what’s going on doesn’t surprise Him, scare Him or stump Him. Once again He’s calling on me and all of us to trust Him. When He allows all that we tend to trust in besides Him to be removed, we’re faced with this question, Do I really trust God?
I declare right at this moment my answer is, “Yes, Lord, yes.” I think of Job who said in the midst of His horrendous crisis, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15 KJV).
Today I’m determined to keep track of all the good God is bringing out of this bad—both in the physical world and in my own heart and in the hearts of those around me.
A verse that God gave me in the midst of self-pity during a crisis in the past comes to mind, “I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me” Psalm 13:6 NIV.
Singing praises certainly helps to slay those invisible enemies!
“Way Maker” by Leeland
Here’s another song someone pointed me to in recent days:
“Through It All” by Andre Crouch