What are we supposed to do?
Recently I received an email citing a number of Christian leaders on the COVID-19 pandemic. One I’d like to focus on today is this:
“Anyone can rejoice when things are going reasonably well. But when we’re facing adversity or sickness or hardship or death and then we rejoice, we are obeying God. God is on his throne. He loves you and is watching out for you. So rejoice in the Lord.” – Pastor Greg Laurie, Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside, California.
It reminded me of an excerpt from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters which I had also recently re-read. This is an excellent book and every Christian should read it – it’s right up there with Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress in my opinion. I believe both can be found and freely read online.
The Screwtape letters is a fictional account of “letters” written by a Senior devil “Screwtape” to his understudy demon “Wormwood.” In each chapter Screwtape advises this Jr devil how to best tempt and destroy faith in us humans. Screwtape writes,
“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” – C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
We make the devil shake when we show faith despite adversity! This IS a war, but all we must do is stand still — and stay standing. Paul urges,
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Eph. 6:10-13).
Interesting fact: Paul was in social isolation when he wrote this! He was in prison for the cause of Christ. John, “the beloved disciple” also experienced social isolation. He was in exile on the isle of Patmos – you know, the place from which he wrote Revelation!
I believe Elder Don once urged us to this same simplicity as he shared from Exodus. Facing huge opposition Moses assured the Hebrews,
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exod. 14:14)
Or as I like to put it…
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