For the past years we have witnessed the resilience of filipinos. Filipinos who have been tested by time, over and over again; a water-proof, ash-proof, a survivor, smiling and ready to move on.
This 2020, we are again tested by a new challenge, the pandemic COVID-19 disease. Fear, worries and doubts are again rising in the hearts of many. Crumbling the faith and hope for each day passes by, somehow forgetting the goodness and promises of God on us.
In the Bible, we are like the Israelites who also witnessed the mighty hand of God when He took them out from Egypt. And still, just like Filipinos they also have complaints about a lot of things.
In Exodus 14:10-14 (I like this scene 🙂 )
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
There are 3 things I learned here:
1. The true state of our heart will reveal in times of crisis (Exodus 14:10)
- It’s so true that it’s easy to worship God when we are Blessed and when we are in our Comfort zone. But what if we are in the season of hardship? In a situation like this, just like the Israelites, can we still say “God is Good”? or we complain?
- If you are one of those who are worried for their jobs, health, families or loved ones, business, plans and futures. Let me encourage in Isaiah 43:1-3
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
- *look for that fear, doubts, worries or anxieties within you; and read the scriptures again, slowly; and may you find comfort in Him alone.
2. We easily complain and blame rather than finding purpose and lessons (Exodus 14:11-12)
- Even in their times there are people who are really bida-bida (sabi ko na nga ba may pinoy talaga don ih haha 😂 ); who always complains and blames. But regardless, God is always good to them.
- In the morning God provides clouds, in evening God provides fire. (Exodus 13:21-22)
- When they are thirsty, God provides water. (Exodus 15:22-27)
- When they are hungry, God provides food. (Exodus 16)
- If we can look on the other side, there are good things happening around:
- Earth is Healing
- Less crimes
- People are uniting
- Healthcare workers, truck drivers and grocery store employees are significant than celebrities
- Time to see the good Politicians and Leaders
- Enough time to spend with your family, build relationships
- Enough time to seek God more in prayer
- And this is a good time to share the Gospel
- And a lot more
3. Lastly, “Be Still”.
- *in short wag ka ng lumabas ng bahay hahaha 😅
- Okay.. Enough.. Seriously.. Let me ask you these:
- Have you ever thought you can do everything in life?
- Have you ever thought about being independent?
- When was the last time you felt unsafe?
- When was the last time you missed going to Church because of work? Doing businesses or school work?
- When is the last time you read your Bible?
- When was the last time you prayed?
Allow me to share this “19 things I learned..” post from (Von Pasion) my officemate, a good friend and my brother in Christ.
19 things I learned so far in this COVID-19 situation:
✅ No one is self-sufficient (only God)
✅ Safest place on earth is not a place (only in His presence)
✅ Power, wealth and fame is never the answer to everything
✅ Career is just a career not our life
✅ Relationship is our top priority (in God and our family)
✅ Emergency fund is important
✅ Don’t neglect the basics
✅ Crisis reveals the best and worst in a person
✅ Gratitude is a medicine of the soul (treasure small things)
✅ Positive thinking will not sustain you (faith in God will)
✅ Optimism is required but must be tempered w/ reality
✅ Submitting to authority is vital (cooperate)
✅ Appreciate and pray for our front liners (our heroes)
✅ Humor is essential in life (it helps lighten up)
✅ Nothing in this world is permanent (only change)
✅ The future belongs to those who can adapt to change
✅ Life is a choice: To move in faith or fear
✅ If we are faithless, He remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13)
✅ There’s hope, live life one day at a time
So, Are Filipinos Virus-Proof Too? my answer is “If you have fear, doubt and worries then I think you are already a victim of the virus.”. But the good news is, we can always go back to God.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” – Psalm 34:8
While we are at home, I hope that it is not the house or how much food we have stored in the refrigerator that we are felt secured, but I pray that it is our Trust and Hope to God, knowing that He will protect us in these hard times. I pray that you too will experience, taste and see how good the Lord is in our life.
Keep the faith, stand still; Let the Lord fight for you, and all you need to do is be STILL.