Reconciling with the Redeemer and Realising our Role
Written by Shiney Miracula on 05-05-2021
With or without our knowledge, we are drifting far away from the faith we once had, and it’s getting hard by every passing day to possibly hope for a way out or trust in the ways of Almighty God like we are supposed to, but we are not alone. Let’s take a walk down the Biblical lane and witness how the greatest faith icons we celebrate went through times of despair, devastation and what finally helped them overcome it.
Israelites as we know went through the gloomiest plagues and on the other side went on to experience firsthand spectacular miracles but did they always possess a steadfast faith? Not at all. We are very much aware of their impatient murmuring attitude which has cost them a lot during their wild exodus. One such occasion was when God chose to punish them for their ungrateful behaviour. But did he leave them without a solution? No, because our God is an ever so loving God whose wrath lasts for a minute and mercy for a thousand years, and he gave a remedy for those fiery serpent bites by asking Moses to make an image of the serpent and the people who got bit by the serpent got cured when they looked up to it.
“And, Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” Numbers 21: 9
A solution in the resemblance of the problem. Sounds familiar, isn’t it? Even now when we are going through a global pandemic, we started out hopeless last year, but now we are talking about vaccines. The situation still hasn’t completely changed, but we have reasons to hope and believe just like the Israelites were given a brass serpent.
So, is all well and the pandemic is closing down yet? Sadly, more help is needed now than ever before, but people are reluctant to help others for various reasons such as personal financial difficulties, fear of infection and other issues. But what will God want us to do? It will exactly be what he commanded Gideon to do.
When the Israelites were given to the hands of the Midianites, it was famine and oppression everywhere. We see Gideon safeguarding food supply for his family before God sends his angel to intervene with him. When the angel of God tries to make Gideon realise his responsibility in saving Israel, Gideon like so many of us conveniently blames God, “If the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord hath forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Judges 6:13
But God through his angel, confirms his role and sends him to act his part in the great redemption of his people, as we peruse the words of courage said unto Gideon in the next verse, “And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” Judges 6:14
Still then, Gideon doubted again and again as he wasn’t ready to take charge and lead others. God strengthened him giving sign after sign and finally used him as an instrument to deliver the Israelites.
Even today when we hear our neighbours are infected with Covid-19, we take extra measures to lock ourselves more and place our safety above everyone. Not that, you should not follow the safety protocols but in the moral sense we should remember that the outcome of our faith and the compassion which Christ wants to be revealed through us can make a positive change in this grim atmosphere. An act of love is much needed in this world of humanity fading away. Do what you can to make the world a better place. Be it by your actions, thoughts, words or even by lifting someone’s spirit in these times of stress and anxiety.
And what happens if you lose your loved ones to the pandemic? Your life turns upside down and no one seems to share your pain. But even when nobody believes in you or understands your thoughts, God never leaves your side. Just like he asked Mary, “Jesus saith unto her, woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?” John 20:15
Here, even if Christ’s resurrection is happy news for the world, imagine what it would’ve been like for Mary and the disciples. They lost someone who had been walking, travelling with them preaching about everything. They had lost a friend, teacher and Savior personally and God can see through the level of hurt they are facing. Try to stay strong if you have lost someone in this pandemic and do not give up on God, for God didn’t give up on you yet. Anyone can trust God when all is well with their lives, but it took a person like Mary to derive hope through resurrection though the earthly loss she faced was nothing less.
And finally, what do you do if you’re literally attacked by the wave? Most people who get affected by the virus show clear signs of hopelessness, anxiety and depression. What do we have when we hold onto faith? Hope, courage and peace.
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid: and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” Matthew 14: 30 Just like Jesus held Peter in his hands when he was about to drown he will safely help you reach ashore carrying you through all the treatments and medications.
Whether you’re someone like Moses arranging medicines for people, like Gideon who is thinking more of yourself but has the ability to strategize, like Mary who is stuck between personal loss and acknowledging universal redemption or like Peter who have to admit that your faith is not enough, Jesus loves you all the same and the above-mentioned people’s lives was restored once they sought help from the Lord. Reuniting with him gave them the purpose they were meant to serve.
Every day may not have a rainbow, and we don’t even need it. We all need strength to endure every passing day and the possibility to hope for a way ahead. It is impossible without keeping faith in God and though we might have fell apart from our spiritual routine like church going and complacent to read the Bible on our own or started to lose faith due to the increasingly uncertain circumstances, now will be a good time to reconcile with God and realise our role in this pandemic, in this world to serve others and to spread love. If you’re reading this article now, then God has blessed you with life when it is seemingly scarce. So, be grateful for it and be a blessing to somebody and light up the world with love. Let your works of grace reflect the savior you follow. Together with love, we will heal as a world from the disease and also from the dearth of humanity.