Pestilence Confronted: “That in Me you may have peace…”

Pestilence Confronted: “That in me you may have peace….”

The Covid 19 virus has been going on for almost 9 months. This is a long enough timeframe for contradictions, confusion and conflict to be a regular part of the public dialogue. What businesses should be open and which ones closed; should schools be open? Was the shutdown necessary? When do we need to keep distance and when to wear a mask; when will vaccines be available; when will travel be open again, and on and on and on. Such uncertainty makes running a business difficult. It makes planning for families and life very difficult. It makes recovery from sickness, job loss and business loss seem impossible. Where can one get peace in such a situation? 

Fortunately we have a Savior who knows about trouble and trials; one who suffered terribly and was ridiculed and died a painful, public and humiliating death. Before he died he reminded his disciples that:

Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.  (John 16:32-33, ESV)

Nine months into this pestilence we need to keep reminding each other, our families, churches and CBMC teams that our peace is already here, in the midst of this “tribulation.” Our peace is not and will never be found in earthly things (money or government) whether during or after this pandemic. It is found in Jesus, who although he ascended to be at the right hand of the Father in heaven said, “I am with you always even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Do you believe this? Why? 


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.
Asia/Pacific: Pray that the virus will not continue especially in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia. 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.
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