Global pandemic? Really? If someone had told me we would have a shared quarantine experience stay-at-home/lockdown order across the world, I would have said: “No, I can’t believe that. Not us!”
Daily news flashes and reports of the increased positive cases and rising death tolls throughout the world; declining global markets; threats of recession… With every report, heightened levels of fear, anxiety and immense uncertainty continue to rise.
This global pandemic is a crisis occurring in our lives collectively. Yet, we are not unfamiliar with facing a crisis; we have all faced some form of crisis, so what is so different about this one? This crisis is one that everyone is constantly speaking about. The news channels, Parliament, the Prime Minister, global news, global markets and all the media channels are constantly updating their ‘doom and gloom’ reports.
I ask you to think about what are some forms of crisis you have faced in your life? Have you had a family crisis, where you were challenged with your spouse or children? Have you had the challenge of losing assets or property? Have you experienced a crisis in your relationships, in your community, church or workplace? Have you lost friends due to betrayal or mistrust? Even worse, disappointment from places and people you would have never imagined? Finally, have you been confronted with the loss of employment, loss of health, with increased sickness? We all face a crisis at some point. I have heard it said before that we are all either about to go through a crisis, are going through a crisis or coming out of a crisis. It is inevitable. I ask, how will you approach a crisis? How have you dealt with a crisis, and what valuable lesson will you apply to any future crisis to encourage yourself or even encourage others?
The Bridge is designed to help you think about where you are and where you want and need to be. In this season, we have been confronted with the crossroad between FEAR and FAITH.
I am reminded of the story of the spies in Numbers 13. This story is very critical, because in Numbers 13:1-2, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them” (NKJV). God gives us clear words and directions, just like He gave Moses, whom He told specifically about leadership. As you continue reading the story, you will see that the children of Israel went into the land and it was just as it was promised, the land with milk and honey. The situation suddenly turns with Caleb in Numbers 13:30: ‘Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it”’ (NKJV). Caleb was strong and confident in the commission of Moses despite what he saw. You must understand that Caleb had FAITH. He was standing on the New Testament verse of 2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (NKJV). The 10 spies were overtaken by what they saw. They were confronted with a CRISIS.
Caleb demonstrates how to confront a crisis of which there clearly was danger if you didn’t have FAITH. The 10 spies’ response to the giants in the land demonstrates they were overtaken by what they saw, thus giving a report of defeat and their demise if they pursued the land. This response was clearly a response of FEAR.
Caleb and Joshua, however, saw this land as an opportunity, as God had promised. They were convinced they could go up against the people and take possession of the land that had been promised. Now, that is FAITH.
In this story, we see that FAITH is taking possession of what is promised to you. FEAR is allowing the enemy to steal, kill and destroy every promise that God has given you. What do you choose to do with the crossroads of CRISIS in your life? Will you choose FAITH or FEAR in this season? I encourage you to choose FAITH whenever you encounter a situation of fear. Stand on His promise, and rest assured, God is well able to see you through. Finally, stand strong and be courageous when you face any trial. FAITH in God is the only way.