Pestilence Confronted: “He grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God”

As we wait for the end of the Covid threat; as vaccinations and herd immunity begin to impact the numbers of infected and sick among us, we can finally begin to think about the next steps for our lives, our families and businesses. It makes me want to take stock of what has occurred and what lessons I have learned. I have come to realize that although a crisis may leave scars, it always teaches me something about God and myself. 

As a Christ-follower my life belongs to God. This is the real truth about faith (trust) in Christ, his gospel, death, resurrection and inevitable return.   This truth accompanies each of us in all life circumstances—especially pain, disease, disruption, loss and death. These trials in life impact us deeply and potentially teach us the most; victories are appreciated, but are only fleeting moments in time, often with minimal impact. So what lesson(s) has Covid brought?   

One of the key lessons for me has been the struggle with fear and faith; either God is who He says he is or not. And if He is the all mighty God and cares about me and my life, family, work, decisions, temptations and relationships; then my trust (faith) in God should show up in all of these critical areas of my life. Covid taught me that my faith is not automatic; fear is always trying to find a way to get at me and even debilitate me.  This is quite a problem when you consider that the faith of a Christ-follower is really the essential thing. If I cannot trust God (faith that God’s power and promises are real), I simply cannot be an effective follower of Jesus or CBMC ambassador.   

St. Paul wrote this about faith and the most famous Jew of all, Abraham:

“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  (Study Romans 4:18-22 (ESV) 

The trials of Covid taught me that there is no place for fear in the man or woman who desires their faith (trust) to be counted as God’s righteousness in them.

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 continued follow-up from the Transcende 2020 virtual conference hosted earlier by CBMC Mexico and Latin America.

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.