Discovering Your Purpose | Day 4 | Leaving a Legacy of Faith in God in Difficult Circumstances
Mark 11:22-24 - “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
The Covid-19 virus is currently causing fear and panic in many families, especially those who have lost loved ones. In 1903 the Spanish flu devasted many families. It’s interesting to note that the previous talk about the millennials or Generation Z is lost. Now, it's all about death through Covid-19, Delta and Omicron, the dreaded virus.
Recently I was in a Verizon store to check out something on my phone which was not making it possible to pay my monthly subscription because I was on prepaid. As I later engaged in a conversation with the attendant, as usual, the Holy Spirit prompted me to ask him about his relationship with God and if he knew where he was going to spend eternity. His answer was that he had stopped attending church for some time now but he's a Christian. I asked him again where he was going to spend eternity. He said he didn't believe in the church anymore, but he believes in God. Apparently, the lifestyle of his parents and others have discouraged him from knowing who God is and why Jesus Christ came to die. He was of the opinion that things didn't work well in his family and so he was discouraged. Pressing on, I found out that he was 22 years of age, and that church didn't provide any help to the family challenges because there was no one who could spur him on with his or her faith to encourage him to know that God is able to help him if he placed his faith in Christ. I led him to Christ and said a prayer for him. I gave him some numbers to call and told him to check Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church on the website or look for it to attend church service on one Sunday. He promised he'll look into it and one day when he's off on Sunday try to visit.
The guy has been discouraged by seeing many church people commit suicide and been in all kinds of trouble and so questioned if God can see him through his struggles as well.
Well, the Bible gives an account of 12 spies being sent to do a job. All but 2 of them, Caleb and Joshua, came with a good report. The others were ready to return to Egypt (Numbers 13). This young man was ready to turn to Egypt because he saw some of his friends die of covid and suicide and others with mental health challenges, but there wasn't anyone to tell him anything different than the fear of covid. Covid-19, Delta, Omicron etc. have become the unsurmountable dreaded giant in addition to the flu.
The issue is as a Christian do you know why you are living in such a time like this? Do you believe that the virus potency is bigger than God's power? If not, why are you living in fear instead of faith.
If a virus can cause such devastation and destruction in our nation and globally, how much more can a faith as small as a mustard seed can do?
Heavenly Father we repent of our inability to trust in you to see us through this pandemic. Please, help us to be obedient to your word and increasing our faith so we can be of some encouragement to our generation and the ones yet to come. This we ask in the name of your son Jesus Christ, Amen.
Mark 11:22-24; Genesis 3:15
Pastor Alex Boamah