“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”
Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:39 NIV
In a quickly swamping boat, with winds and waves out of control, who wouldn’t be concerned? In this tense time of impending disaster, Jesus is awakened and asked by his frightened followers, “Are you even concerned that we’re about to die?”
Then comes his command “Quiet! Be still!” And it was obeyed. Scripture indicates that it wasn’t delayed but occurred ‘then.’
I’d love for all my petitions and panic-filled prayers to be answered right then. Not, “It’s coming soon” or “be patient; these things take time” or “just a little longer.”
But seldom do even believing prayers prayed by spiritual giants get answered immediately. But they do get answered. Whether it’s instantaneous or takes more time than we’d like to give it, our prayers do get answered. David promised us this: “The very day I call for help, the tide of battle turns.” Psalm 56:9 TLB
This pandemic has experts attempting to figure things out. And they differ in their response to the limited information immediately available. I may be as unsure of the facts as they are, but of his I am absolutely sure … when we began to unite in prayer, THE TIDE OF THE BATTLE TURNED!
The battle may be intense, but the victory is now assured!
So for those of you still afraid and uncertain … follow the sensible directions being given to alleviate the virus, but just remember that God instructs us not to give in to fear.
Every time God tells us to stop being afraid, (and He does so many times in Scripture), we’re facing something that has made us afraid. In Jeremiah 42:11 when God says, “Don’t be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid.” NKJV, it’s like God saying to us: “Whenever you begin to be afraid, stop it!
God doesn’t tell you to ignore the threat. In Deuteronomy 20, God tells Israel that even though outnumbered, they are not to be afraid. In II Chronicles 20:15 God gives his heavily outnumbered people this prompt: “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude.” NKJV
God doesn’t minimize the storm. He just has control over it.
He didn’t start this pandemic, but He knows how to end it.
Walk confidently in this unusual part of our journey!