Pestilence Confronted: Are you weary from Covid yet?

People seem to be getting really tired of Covid and all the changes it has brought to our lives. Beyond the sickness, mental anguish, death and employment and work disruption, there have been fairly dramatic increases in suicides, depression, drug and alcohol addition as well as strained marriages and family relationships. It is safe to say people have had enough.  

But realistically what can I do? Government action remains focused on dramatically reducing normal human interaction until a state of full vaccination is attained. We will have to wait until a full “post-mortem” examination is done to assess these actions to know which, if any, were even necessary. This is not to blame anyone, but doesn’t it seem obvious that the most important action all along has been the development of the vaccines? What else was really so effective?

Now that we have come this far, perhaps we should ask: what did Jesus have to say about weariness and getting through it?

Once when Jesus sent his twelve disciples (apostles) out to tell people “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” he also told them they would encounter opposition to the Gospel, truth (Mathew 10). He said, “have no fear of them” and even “do not think I have come to bring peace to the earth..I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”  

Later Jesus “began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent” (Matthew 11:20).  In the midst of such daily trials, opposition and tension Jesus said this:

Come to me all who labor (are weary) and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls (hearts and minds). For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

These words have always captured my attention because Jesus is saying he wants to give me this rest. In the midst of Covid craziness, to keep my head and heart and soul at peace and rest, I need to receive this rest from Jesus today. 

Blessings,
Jim

Global Prayer Points

As we seek to see our marketplace transformed by the Gospel, join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership. 

Africa: Pray for good preparations for the 2nd CBMC Africa Convention to be held as a hybrid in Lusaka, Zambia during the days of April 23-24. 

Asia/Pacific: Pray for the translation of Operation Timothy into Khmer, the language of Cambodia and Mongolian, the language of Mongolia.

Europe: Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]

Latin America: Pray for the 47 men and women who are currently in training to become disciplers (Pauls). On April 17, CBMC Mexico will be having a National Outreach Meeting by Zoom. Pray for a great harvest.

North America: Pray for establishing an e-CBMC (next generation) in North America Korean CBMC. Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus. 

If you have a prayer request, please send an email to CBMC International.