Pestilence Confronted: What do you remember?

In many countries Covid is still a great concern and danger. In others,  the Covid virus is beginning to recede as more people are vaccinated and natural defenses such as “herd immunity” take effect. Thus more businesses, shops and restaurants can be open giving a feeling of more normal times ahead. 

In my city, Tucson, we are at the early stages of returning to normal. Just this past week I began to reflect for the first time on my experience with Covid. What will I remember most? So far I have not been stricken sick and in my immediate family, only my brother became sick with flu-like symptoms and recovered quickly. Still, like you, I know many people hurt by Covid and its impact on lives and businesses.  

For Christ-followers, every experience is shared with our Lord, who we know is with us and cares for us. St. Paul writes in Romans 8: “If God is for us who can stand against us?” and later he declares that despite any and all types of suffering we may encounter, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” One scholar maintains that the Greek for “more than conquerors” can be understood as “excessively victorious.” Truthfully, I did not always feel like a conqueror or victorious during this Covid ordeal. Yet, as I begin to reflect I am taken back by the strong sense that yes, God is for me!  Those words “God is for us” are only found in Scripture and I believe can only be felt by those justified by faith in Christ and at peace with God. Despite the circumstances, good or bad, God is with me!  

Once when Jesus’ disciples were out in a boat with no food: And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? (Mark 8:16-21 ESV)

Jesus’ disciples forgot that he had just fed four thousand people with a few loaves and fish. Imagine, they forgot about this extraordinary miracle done in their presence!

I pray that struggles like Covid will always remind me that God is with me, and for this reason, I am more than a conqueror, no matter the circumstances.

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.