In this unique year, we’ve seen God move in creative ways. Churches are shut down and any type of fellowship in California is prohibited.
However, God does not conform to what the world is saying or doing, and instead, He is allowing such a time to reveal Himself is a greater way.
“What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,” – Romans 9:22-23
In the state of weakness that this pandemic has caused the world and church, God and His Spirit can become much more evident for those who have not obtained a revelation of Jesus. For “the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” – Matthew 26:41. God will allow plagues, temptations, and pandemics, physical or psychological, in order to reveal Himself to those who have gone astray or who are lacking God’s nature within their heart and mind. Those who live in the flesh are slaves to the world and everything that takes place in it, without realizing. The purpose of hardship and tribulation is to turn toward God and enable the person to overcome through His wisdom and understanding. Through tribulation, character is built into God’s image when we understand God’s plan and purpose (Romans 5:3-5). Tribulation and darkness is a tool for God’s glory.
Tribulation and darkness is a tool for God’s glory.
In times and places of darkness, it makes the light that much brighter when it appears. In this season, God is using those who are being used as vessels of mercy to make His power known to those who are vessels of wrath, those who have gone down a destructive path, in order they may see the light. When darkness escalates, it becomes more evident to discern the light.
God uses everything, good or bad, to reveal Himself to those who are without Him.
God uses everything, good or bad, to reveal Himself to those who are without Him. God afflicted Egypt with plagues until Pharaoh let the Israelites free (Exodus 12:32). Through the plagues, God’s power was made known and showed who were God’s people and who were not through obedience and disobedience. Plague or a pestilence in Hebrew, Debar, is “an arrangement or placement of something creating order.”  God doesn’t allow plagues for destruction but for reconstruction. God’s power was revealed in Egypt through His servant Moses, who was the person used to bring freedom from bondage and slavery.
During this season of a pandemic, we as evangelists are a light where darkness is raising, making the light much more evident. While many feel God is far, He is in the midst of it all. In a time of fear and misrepresentation from the news media and the public, Christ in us. His character and nature is God’s beacon in this world to bring a greater manifestation of His light and reordering through His Word. As evangelists, it is a season for the body of Christ to reach out to others, to pray, edify, and build up those without a deeper understanding of Jesus. In times of darkness, we are His light.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:6
1. Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Bible, H1698
2. All Scripture is from the NKJV of the Bible