Pestilence Confronted: He (God) Gives Power to the Faint…

Pestilence Confronted: “He (God) gives power to the faint…”  (Isaiah 40:29)

There seems to be no end to this virus. It came upon us without warning and now it will not go away. No government or earthly power can make it disappear. It is as if we are trapped. We wait for a vaccine and news that the number of new cases is slowing; some of us are hopeful but many are fateful about it too. The uncertainty and disruption is causing people to be edgy and frightened, civil unrest seems on the rise. There is even news of isolated national, regional and global conflicts. We seem to be powerless. When will it end?

The prophet (God’s spokesperson) Isaiah had much to say to the people of his day; because they also had sickness, uncertainty and conflict. I think for the Christ-follower, the real question must be: Is God shaken by this virus? Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 40:15, 17-18:

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.”  

“All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
To whom then will you liken God,
or what likeness compare with him?”

It is quite clear to Isaiah that our God cannot be shaken by any earthly pestilence, war or economic dislocation. God remains God no matter the earthly circumstances. And those who “wait for the Lord shall renew their strength…they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).

For me, daily prayer for this “strength” is imperative in these days of pestilence…

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 God’s intervention as we fight this virus globally. Pray for God’s protection and preservation of the health of all CBMC members across the world. Pray for the growth of CBMC in Africa, even during these challenging days.
Asia/Pacific: Pray that the virus will not continue especially in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Pray for Malaysia to have a righteous government, political stability, economic recovery and racial harmony. Hong Kong: please pray for peace and God’s intervention.
Europe: Pray for our coaches and friends who help the business people and their peers in these crisis times. 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 Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Brazil, ‘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.
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