How to Seize This Once-in-a-Generation Moment by RON LUCE for Charisma News
“From the sons of Issachar, those having understanding of times and what Israel should do” (1 Chr. 12:32). Assuming we want to aspire to this level of prowess, how then are we to understand the coronavirus we are in the midst of, and what ought we to do? Instead of a simple impulse response to the immediate situation, let’s back up and examine the larger implication of this outbreak, and see if there are gleanings that could help with strategic imperatives for the future.
The level of global fear—not just of the virus, but regarding the financial implications of the economic shutdown—may be on the level of World War II. The confidence in the economy, jobs, careers and future has been obliterated, causing, all that can shake to be shaken (Heb. 12:27). While this may be very heart-wrenching to us personally, at least we still can put our trust in our Father.
Those without an authentic relationship with Christ are bankrupt of hope. Especially those Millennials and Gen Z generations who have not really known any hardship, and can barely imagine the days of the Great Depression several generations removed. Their confidence in living in a land of abundance has softened their grit and created large-scale entitlement.
It is not unlike the Jewish nation where, when they experienced seasons of blessings and peace, they quickly strayed form the Lord over and over. This entitlement culture we have today has made it even more difficult to deeply impact the younger generations, and hence, the massive exodus from church has ensued.
This “shaking” is our moment to be fountains of hope to weary souls, and to compel them to escape from their focus on existential happiness to the transcendent reality of connecting with Christ. We can help them realize that all that brought them happiness can disappear in a moment, understanding that just because practical desires are met, these do not fill the soul. We were meant for more than simply food and drink. Man does not live on bread alone, but by the Word of God coming alive!