In this time of crisis, I wanted to remind everyone who has joined us in various media that we will be okay. Though pestilence has come and seems to be a dark cloud that hovers over the whole earth. Though the systems and ways of man seem to be behind or beneath the ability to handle this disease. Though fear, worry, chaos and anxiety seem to be grabbing a foothold in our communities and lives. We serve a God that can defeat it all. All we have to do is call on the Name of Jesus.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (Philippians 2:10)
Jesus' Name has the ability to bring every person, every entity in the spiritual and everything in and under this earth to bow. Man must bow to God. Angels must bow. Every creature in the earth must bow. Every minion of Satan and even Satan himself must bow. We all know this will happen at the judgment seat of Christ, but that Name is just as powerful today as it will be in the end.
We can pray that this virus will bow itself to the will and power of God. We must all do our part to protect ourselves and each other from the spread of this virus, but we must also remember to call on the Name of the Lord. Because He is the great physician. He is our very present help in times of trouble. He is savior. Redeemer. Deliverer. He is the Great I AM. And it will be His power. His authority. His Great Name that will defeat this virus.
In Acts 2, Peter details some pretty scary sounding things:
wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: (Acts 2:19-20)
That's a lot of terrible, worrisome and frightening things. Even more so than this virus we are dealing with. Yet even when our health systems fail. Even when our governments miss the mark. Even when our fellow man falls short. Peter gives us something we can rely on. Someone we can call on:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)
The context of this group of scriptures is prophetic in nature and concerns the end of days. However, we can still use it for our purposes in this time. If humanity will have the opportunity to call on God during these trying times in the future and find salvation, We can do the same today. Don't stop taking precautions. Don't let up in your treatment of any and all sickness that comes to you today. However, remember that you have a name that can save you. A Name that has delivered generation after generation from the hand of the enemy, from the specter of disease and the shadow of death. Call on that Name today and believe that He will save us. Individually and collectively.
In Jesus Name.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.