Pestilence Confronted: Getting Ready!
In the early days of the Covid virus, many governments completely locked down their economies in an effort to separate people and lower the number of severe cases overwhelming hospitals and the medical infrastructure. This untried public health strategy devastated businesses and lives. One can only hope it was the right decision when nations begin to measure their actions and non-actions. The truth is, like many trials in life, most of us had no choice and were forced to accept the lockdown and adapt. James wrote to “the twelve tribes in the Dispersion” (Christians forced to scatter to survive persecution):
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:3-4).
The context here must be for those who know and follow Christ since such a thought would appear to be utter foolishness to the average person. Who really believes that trouble in life can be joyful? Yet James writes that the “steadfastness” (perseverance) we learn from difficult experiences can actually bring about a kind of perfection and completeness. How can this be? Is it possible that as we endure by faith and stand fast in the unwelcome trials and tribulations of this life, looking to God for strength and deliverance, that we are being prepared for future challenges? Yes, it does appear so. In Christ, the unwanted trials are used to prepare us for the necessary challenges we will be asked by God to take on as part of His will for us. This is undoubtedly what James wants us to know. Only in the glorious economy and kingdom of God, can difficulty yield good things (“every good gift,” James 1:17).
My prayer: By faith I will allow God to use the troubles and anxiety of Covid in my life to make me “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
May God grant you “joy” today in every trial and challenge.
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 the growth of CBMC in Africa, even during these challenging days. Pray also for the translation of Operation Timothy into Portuguese and Arabic.
Asia/Pacific: Pray that the virus will not continue especially in India, Bangladesh. Pray for the translation of Operation Timothy to Khmer, the language of Cambodia.
Europe: Pray that our work will bear fruit and bring many business leaders to Christ. Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]
Latin America: Pray for protection and healing of CBMC families and team members who are in Brazil and Mexico, continued ‘hot spots’ of the pandemic.
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.