Looking across the pages of Scripture one can easily see the moments that biblical characters have reassessed their relationship with God:
Adam and Eve were doing so as they were hiding among the bushes in the Garden. They were not fooling God, but God used His humor, “Adam, Eve you can come out now…I see you!!” No, He did not say this, but God did not have to for He knew where they were. “And the Lord God said, “Now that the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, he must not be allowed to stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God expelled him from the orchard in Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken.” Genesis 3:22-23.
Noah found favor with God for He obeyed Him, but no one else did.. For this reason, “God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful. So God said to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth. Make for yourself an ark of cypress wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it with pitch inside and out. This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.” Genesis 6:12-15.
King David had found favor in God’s sight, but along the way David made some decisions which were against the direction of God and for this reason Israel suffered. David had to reassess his decisions and Israel suffered because of poor judgment, “Gad went to David and told him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Pick one of these: three years of famine, or three months being chased by your enemies and struck down by their swords, or three days being struck down by the Lord, during which a plague will invade the land and the angel of the Lord will destroy throughout Israel’s territory.’ Now, decide what I should tell the one who sent me.” I Chronicles 21:11-12.
The 11 remaining disciples of Jesus Christ came face to face with their personal fears when Judas Iscariot revealed who Jesus was to the Roman guards. No doubt terror filled their hearts in the face of what they suddenly realized, their Teacher was being arrested just as He had predicted. They now fled into the night and began to reassess who they were and what they were to do. From the book of Acts and the remainder of the NT we know what they became. “At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet you did not arrest me. 56 But this has happened so that the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.” Matthew 26:25,26.
Our Present Situation
No doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused/is causing every American to reassess who they are and their futures are staring them in the face, so to speak. This crisis is unlike any that we have seen. In my short time of 71 years nothing quite like this has appeared. There have been wars and rumors of wars, political crisis have come and gone, and there have been one economic crisis followed by another; each crisis has been caused by a known force that was controllable. However, this pandemic came from nowhere and was allowed to grow by a foreign entity. (At least, this is the suggestion being made by our government.) World-wide threats and fears caused by this menace have forced sovereign governments to enforce their populations to take certain precautions in the wake of the disease.
For this reason, the Church has also been instructed by their governments to close the doors to their buildings and meet via available media resources. Most likely there will be some sort of religious resurgence as a result, and prayerfully, there will be a turning to God that has not been seen for some time.
In America, we have witnessed for several decades a growing evil and weakening of the local church because, in my opinion, people have become more self-sufficient and less dependent upon the living God. No doubt, we are in a moment of personal spiritual reassessment as people of God which will directly affect the local church. Just how this works out is to be seen because the heart of man, in many cases, will remain evil. Wolves will continue to prowl about in sheep’s clothing.
Just as John recorded in John 14:5-7, “Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will know my Father too. And from now on you do know him and have seen him.” We are in a trying and confusing time, and many are not necessarily fearful, but are waiting to hear from God as to what to do. Some may be asking, where are you taking us? I will suggest, be patient and wait upon Him for He is NEVER too late.
Jesus is Lord.