Heightened Alert

Last month saw the implementation of “Heightened Alert” measures to curb the number of Covid-19 transmissions that were increasing in the form of clusters. Group sizes of previously up to five were reduced to two and dining-in was disallowed. Work-from-home once again became the default and our church services turned from on-site back to online. After the announcement of the measures, some supermarkets saw long queues of people buying groceries. This led to the authorities reassuring people that stocks were adequate, and they did not need to panic buy.

The above situation reminds us that in our Christian life, we need to stay vigilant and beware of the evil one. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) states, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” Just like when we fail to put on our masks and be subjected to the attack of the virus; we would be overrun by the evil one when we fail to build up our spiritual defences.  Below are two suggested ways that we can do to fortify our defences:

(i) Be dependent on God

When we face difficulties or troubles in life, we tend to dwell on the circumstances and lose focus on God. This is where the evil one may attack us and draw us away from God. Being dependent on God means putting on the full armour of God so that we can stand firm against all strategies of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). This involves equipping ourselves with the Word, standing firm in our faith and be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

(ii) Seek support from fellow believers

Lions usually choose their prey who are alone or not alert. When a person is weak in faith or not alert, he is vulnerable to the attacks of the devil. During such times, seek help or support from fellow brothers & sisters-in-Christ. By sharing one’s problems or worries with them, they may able to share the burdens through prayers or provide other practical means of support. Just as Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT) states, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

As of this week, “Heightened Alert” measures have been relaxed to allow dining in groups of two and the resumption of certain indoor activities. As we continue to stay vigilant in our fight against the Covid-19 virus, let us also remind ourselves to stay alert and be rooted in Christ so that we can be ready anytime against any spiritual warfare.

Leo Deng Yong