Rev. Ralph T. Newell – For The Ebony News Today July 2020 Issue
Roller Coaster! Ferris Wheel! Which one seems to describe your life right now in 2020? I admit that there is so much taking place with the Covid-19 Pandemic; the Protests for Equality & Justice, the Economic Chaos, the Lack of Presidential Leadership, etc.: Fear! Faith! Favor! God, we need you to speak Now! And He says I am speaking, but are you listening?
God is speaking to Believers during periods of fear: 2nd Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). This is a reminder to believers that we are not to fear and that we have the power of God to love ourselves and others and a sound mind to make rational decisions and not be puppets to irrational rhetoric from leaders.
God still speaks to Believers through Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). This does not mean that God will immediately deliver us from the Roller Coasters or Ferris Wheels of life but it does mean that He gives us hope in the midst of what we are going through so we can take courage and not give up.
God Speaks and Imparts Faith to Believers: Hebrews 11:6 is our connector and anchor of faith: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him” (NIV). This is a bond that is unbreakable because of our relationship with God through Jesus.
God Extends His Faith Through His Favor: Romans 8:28 directs us toward understanding just how much God wants to protect and save us from these catastrophic events that come upon our lives. He does not want us to Fear when we can have Faith. He does not want us to lose hope when we can depend upon Him for deliverance and Favor. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (NIV).
From Fear to Faith to Favor to Conqueror: Roller Coaster, Ferris Wheel, of life with God and you become a Victorious Conqueror (Romans 8:35-39) “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written? ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NIV).
I realize that the above Scripture was penned by Apostle Paul to the Church at Rome during their period of suffering but it applies to us today. Why? God is still the same God who loves His children. God is still giving us time to pray and seek Him during this period of quarantine, mask wearing, soul searching, social distancing, etc. Please take time to spend time with God, with family, friends and others by phone, Facebook, virtually, etc.
Fear, Faith, Favor In The Midst Of Life! Yes, we all have been challenged during these past 6 months but it is my hope that I have encouraged you to hold on, God is still on the throne. When will all this turmoil end? The answer seems very clear to me, when God is ready for it to end and when it has served its purpose, God will say Peace! Be Still! And it Will! Until then…
I Pray that the Power, Presence, Peace, Protection, Provision, Prosperity and Promises of God remain with each of you, Amen.