Concerning such trying times as we find ourselves facing now, “Peter and the other apostles said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” ~ Acts 5:29
When the Son of Man comes,
Will He really find faith on the earth?”
~ Luke 18:8
As any shadowy blot of darkness finds its cold stain only to be rinsed away beneath the showering rays of genial sunlight, so the similarly ineradicable illness of sin, whence the strains of all bodily sicknesses have since evolved, can only be cured by the great Physician, Who is Christ, Who is the Light of the world – John 8:12.
Thus, if the hospitals would never dream of closing their doors to the physically sick, during any viral epidemic, such as we presently witness,—which biological sickness, by contrast, is but the mild symptom of the far direr, and far more pandemic, spiritual contagion of sin, wherewith all mankind has been afflicted,—has the church—(any believing assembly of Christ)—sufficient reason to close its doors during a time when the administration of its inimitable Cure finds probable cause to be now more eagerly desired than formerly?
For certain, at large, now, more than ever, is the time for God’s people to fulfill the words of 1 Peter 3:15, which tells us to, “SANCTIFY THE LORD GOD IN YOUR HEARTS, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason FOR THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU, with meekness and fear.”
Let us remember the folly of king Asa, and how “in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, [he] became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease HE DID NOT SEEK THE LORD, BUT THE PHYSICIANS. So in the forty-first year of his reign, Asa died and rested with his fathers.” ~ 2 Chronicles 16:12-13
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And THE PRAYER OF FAITH WILL SAVE THE SICK, AND THE LORD WILL RAISE HIM UP. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” ~ James 5:14-15
“God is not a man, that He should lie.” ~ Numbers 23:19
For we “will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” 1 Corinthians 4:19-20
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes Flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.’” ~ Jeremiah 17:5
“I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely HE SHALL DELIVER YOU from the snare of the fowler And FROM THE PERILOUS PESTILENCE” (*a deadly or virulent epidemic disease). “He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. YOU SHALL NOT BE AFRAID of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor OF THE PESTILENCE that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But IT SHALL NOT COME NEAR YOU. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, NOR SHALL ANY PLAGUE COME NEAR YOUR DWELLING; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
As Jesus also told us that “[we] are the light of the world”, in Matthew 5:14, why then, when the hour grows ever darker, and our beacon of light is therefore needed the most, and would in fact be more greatly cherished for the hopefulness engendered by its illuminating rays—why should the church hide that Light, even for a moment, under the bushel of this perishing world’s temporal fears and concerns, and thereby work toward rendering its usefulness ineffective?
“But without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” ~Hebrews 11:6