Thought in this coronacrisis period: Be Strong

Yesterday in the VRT programme Terzake there was a child psychologist who explained how difficult children have it today in this Corona period.
According to many psychologists, young people have a much harder time than young adults, although we should not underestimate the problems of young adults.

In the Old Manuscripts with the history of God’s People we can read that throughout history there also were periods the People of God had it difficult with the situation they were in.

In the Old Testament we find Haggai being referred to by Ezra (5:1; 6:14) as being “the prophet” who was sent by the Almighty God to strengthen the will of the people in rebuilding the temple for This Elohim. There was not enough zeal among the people to complete the rebuilding work. The prophet says,

“Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes?” (2:3).

In today’s language, we could say,

‘Consider your priorities, how you use your time and spend your money’!

Today, after so many months of CoViD lots of people have lost the eagerness to do something, especially to achieve a particular religious or political aim.
After so many limitations and changing rules, several people have enough of it and do not find great enthusiasm or eagerness to start something or to be fervent or enthusiastic about new projects. We also can see that in Christian circles lots of people have lost their interest in religious practice and show no eagerness anymore to spread the gospel.

In the above mentioned ancient times it was God’s temple that had to be rebuilded. God says,

“my house … lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house” (verse 9).

Then the prophet gives a strong message to the leaders and the people;

“Yet now be strong O Zerubbabel, declares the LORD. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land declares the LORD. Work, for I am with you, declares the LORD of hosts” (2:4).

For more than one year now our ecclesia in Belgium had its doors closed. We only presented virtual meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It was nice to see how we even had more people participating in the Sunday service than normal. But we know that it is something totally different for other churches, where lesser people show up at their internet meetings.

Because people work more from home and have lesser opportunities to talk to others at work, there are chances to talk about the work of God and to show the Body of Christ to others. Though we may not forget in these times of isolation that we have the Temple of God being constructed once more so that people shall see the Greatness of The Almighty Creator God Who has put forward hope for a better future.

We should find the strength to show others that this is just a temporary situation and that there is a much brighter future awaiting us. As brothers and sisters, we should find the strength in our unity to walk up to others, keeping the social distance and be nicely protected and protecting with a facemask, willing to talk about the Good News.

Certainly, in these darker days we should, as God’s chosen ones, we should dare to take the plunge and put on our holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, being willing to give a listening ear and ready to help.

We should have the strength to give others strength as well, by showing how real followers of Christ even when not having direct contact feel still that bond and perfect harmony, letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, to which indeed we were called in one body. And it is that Body or Temple that we have to build in this time and age.

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Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Gedachte in deze coronacrisis periode: Wees Sterk

Preceding

  1. About Three-in-Ten U.S. Adults Are Now Religiously Unaffiliated
  2. Christians close to falling below 50pc in England
  3. Not daring to show a connection
  4. Time to add value
  5. Omicron could be blessing in disguise

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Additional reading

  1. Time to add value
  2. Website changes, Lockdown meetings and Songs to soothe our hearts
  3. Those Belonging to the called ones coming together

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  7. Meeting Together
  8. 7 Ways Leaders Can Make the Most of a Church Meeting
  9. 7 Ways Listeners Can Make the Most of a Church Meeting

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Free Christadelphians or Brothers and sisters in Christ, living in Belgium, European Union. - Vrijë Christadelphians of Broeders en zusters in Christus wonende in België in de Europese Unie.

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