by Dr. Dave Coryell; C.E. USA - Executive Director, World C.E. - General Secretary
Standing on the pier at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor provided the vantage point to study ships of all kinds. These seafaring vessels had ropes thrown from their decks and wrapped around heavy iron anchors. Other ships had anchors dropped into the water and out of my view. There are many types of anchors but they all serve the same purpose. They keep ships from going adrift amid normal tide motion or unexpected and turbulent storms.
The need to be tethered to God (Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit and His word - the Bible), is no greater during the daily tides of life than it is during a storm. However, it is during storms that people tend to panic. As I write this message;
the stock panic had its third emergency stop in six days,
schools are closed across our state and in numerous other states in the U.S.,
Iran reported one hundred coronavirus related deaths in one twenty-four hour period as over six thousand people worldwide have now perished from the disease, and
the Center for Disease Control just recommended meeting with no more than fifty people for the next eight weeks.
Normal life patterns have come to a screeching halt. No church, no sports, no theater, no hanging out in large public gatherings. Uncertainty and all the possible “what if’s” have started to toss our minds back and forth like the undulating waves of the ocean. The author of Hebrews in chapter two verse one writes, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” The message they heard is explained in the whole first chapter - Jesus is more powerful than anything we face in this life.
As believers, we understand this intellectually. The coronavirus pandemic pushes us to live out what we know to be true - live, love, and lead.
Live in a way that people will see your life and want to know what you believe. 1 Peter 2:12 reads, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” Everyone is freaking out. No, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we can trust that God will be present and that he will care for us. He is not surprised by the chaos and he will be careful to walk alongside us while the storm rages.
Mark 12:30 encourages us to love God and then love others as we love ourselves. What a great opportunity to look for ways to express help for neighbors. Find that job that can be done or find out how you can encourage an overworked medical professional. For more detailed insights, read this article by Andy Crouch called “Love in the Time of Coronavirus." Andy is a voice we’ve come to trust as he studies culture. May his words provide further direction and encouragement!
I marvel at how a group of eleven cowering men in the back of a room following Jesus’ crucifixion, is the same group who boldly went forth and turned the world upside down for Christ. God has used cultural moments to grow His kingdom in the past. By His grace, He may just use the coronavirus pandemic to awaken people to their need for a savior.
We are praying you will LIVE, LOVE and LEAD through the anchored strength and peace you have through Jesus Christ.