There’s no doubt we are in crisis, but is it a spiritual awakening? The Pandemic is moving across the world, transforming us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Church fellowships at a distance, a family on sees each other through a glass window, and financially we’re feeling doomed. Where are our familiar boundaries?
When the world’s shaking stops, what will be left standing?
World Crisis or a Great Awakening?
God is still sovereign and unshakable. The novel virus is not novel to Him.
“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules overall.”Psalm 103:19
I will not presume to understand what God is doing. If He is good then everything He does is God and if He is right then everything He does is right. We are more than ever aware of our mortality and vulnerability. As the world shakes, our technology is insufficient, and science doesn’t have all the answers.
When the world stops shaking, what will be left standing? An even more pressing question is, “How healthy is the scattered church?”
A World in crisis or a crisis of faith?
With the church doors shuttered, the worship leader silenced and the pews empty, what happens to the Christian soul?
Before today the everyday Christian could survive on a pastor’s sermon, a few passages of Scripture and someone else’s prayers. Not today. Today we need to be awakened to God’s plan for us. We need eyes to see and ears to hear.
We need an awakening.
Spiritually, what do you think we would find if we pulled out the typical Christian’s soul?
A World in Crisis – will the emaciated soul please rise up.
Shallow devotion, limited Scriptural knowledge, and an inch deep of worship leaves its mark on us spiritually. The enemy of our soul knows well that we have lived thirsty and moved hungrily. The demands of this world and the schemes of the evil one silenced our hunger pains, so we are left panting for more of God, and we don’t know it.
We’ve become accustomed to it and asleep to our need.
God will not allow this to go on forever. He will not let the hungry soul starve to death. He will awaken the slumbering spirit as He sees fit. His love moves Him to remind us that a personal and intimate relationship with Him is possible.
Redemption and reconciliation were His ideas, not ours.
A World in crisis. Is He shaking the world or awakening our soul?
When the novel virus is no longer unique, and the world returns to a new normal, and the churches open their doors, what kind of people will God raise from the ashes?
Is it our generation’s great awakening?
I don’t know. But I do know that we don’t need someone else’s experience concerning God. With a prayer on our lips and awe in our hearts, we can see God’s word in a new light. He inclines His ear to listen to us, and the beauty of reconciliation awakens our spirit.
To the awakened soul, God makes Himself known. Behind closed doors, in the Secret Place, He draws near.
Even as the world shakes. The Lord is as close as the breath we breathe and as near as the beating of our heart.
On a personal note, the pre-dawn hours find me seeking Him. With trembling lips, I ask Him to please tell me what’s happening.
I meet silence. Maybe I’m not ready yet for the answer, or I too need to be awakened.
To know Him is not an elusive pursuit, but a life-long desire. This time in the presence of the Holy is so personal and intimate.
It’s the greatest miracle on earth: A Holy God in the presence of a sinner.
No wonder we need to be awakened.
Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10 NIVPsalm 9:10 NIV
I don’t know if this is a crisis of faith or a great awakening. I only know God is on the move. Are we ready?
Heavenly Father, I don’t know what is going on and what You are doing. I trust You. The world is shaking, will I be left standing with You? Lord, you know my frame and how I am made of dust. Please awaken my soul to You. I yield my heart. Lead me through this crisis of faith so that I may see You again. Amen
A call to Action…
Are you awake?
“…when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.”Psalm 17:13