January 24, 2021 Edith Ohaja Faith and Inspiration

    At this time when the world is moving at a dizzying pace and people are terrified of what might happen next, I have good news for you: the Lord is about to restore the losses of His people and cause them to surpass where they were before.

    “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” – Joel 2:25 KJV

    The overreaction of governments around the world and the politicisation of the COVID-19 pandemic ruined the livelihoods of many and non-populist economic policies threaten to finish off what is left for the average person. But

    God is bigger than elitist economic policies and ideological shifts that are savage to the wellbeing of ordinary people. He is bigger than natural disasters, enemy invasions and whatever we have suffered on a personal level. He is the Lord of all the earth and all power belongs to Him.

    Why would God speak of restoring our fortunes now? I believe it is because He has work for us to do. The words of our Lord Jesus in John 4:35 that the fields are ripe for harvest were never more true than now. People are confused and browbeaten. Some are depressed and suicidal. They need to make sense of what is going on and learn how to cope. They need to see the possibility that they can flourish and assist others regardless of where they are now. What better way to bring them the foregoing than through preaching the gospel to them?

    The gospel liberates and empowers. Knowing and serving the Lord imbues us with an irrepressible and triumphant spirit. When people wonder why we are not broken and petrified in the face of today’s uncertainties, we need to introduce them to the Lord Jesus. We need to ask them to repent of their sins and embrace Him as their Lord and Saviour.

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