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The Coronavirus Pandemic What is God Saying?

by David Reagan

Observations by the Editor Responding to Crisis

Dr. David R. Reagan

From Lamb & Lion – The Lamplighter – April 20th

 

     This is only the second special edition of this magazine that we have ever published. The first had to do with the prophetic implications of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

     I felt the need for this special edition for two reasons. The first is due to the widespread fear and panic the coronavirus has produced and will continue to produce as the economic implications become clearer. Secondly, I strongly believe that the pandemic is meant as an end time message from God that we need to hear and respond to. The two articles in this special edition speak to these issues.

     What I want to do in this introduction is speak to one of the ways in which we can respond to the crisis we are facing. It has to do with the very simple matter of counting your blessings. This is something I have practiced for years, and I have found it to be very helpful.

     At least once each quarter, I make it a point to devote my morning time with the Lord to writing a list of my blessings in my prayer journal. I would strongly urge you to do the same, and to do it right now. It will encourage you and help you to live with an attitude of gratitude. And in this time of crisis, it will assist you mightily in resisting the temptation to wallow in self-pity.

     When you make your list, don’t forget to include very important blessings that you will tend to take for granted — like pure water and electricity. Did you know that most of the illnesses in the world today are caused by impure water? And did you know that there are over one billion people in the world who have no electricity? Did you know that many Americans had no electricity prior to 1936 when the Rural Electrification Bill was passed by Congress? I can remember as a child in the early 1940s visiting relatives who lived on farms with no running water, no indoor toilets and no electricity. They used kerosene lanterns at night.

     Thank God for your family members, specific friends, your job, food, housing and clothing. Thank Him for modern medicine and technological inventions like radio, television and the Internet. See how long a list you can make in 30 minutes. You will be surprised.

     Most important, thank the Lord for your spiritual blessings, like the Bible. For over 1500 years, during the Middle Ages, people did not have Bibles accessible to them in their own languages. Even today, when Bibles are available in so many different languages, there are a great many countries in the world where owning a Bible is illegal.

     Thank the Lord also for your church, your pastor and the religious freedoms we have in this nation. Thank the Lord for this ministry and ones like it who preach the Bible and exalt Jesus. And most of all, thank God for the most important of all blessings — Jesus and the salvation we have through Him.

      I will conclude with the words of a great Christian hymn written in 1897 by Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922): When upon life’s billows You are tempest-tossed, When you are discouraged, Thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, Name them one by one, And it will surprise you What the Lord has done. ]

 

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