It has been a tumultuous period for many of us since the COVID-19 pandemic started 2 years ago. We have to make the necessary changes in life during this period. For those working from home, coping with work while managing our daily house chores and children can be quite a challenge. The fear of contracting COVID-19 has become real when we become aware that our fellow colleagues, family members and friends have come down with the virus. With our church attendance and fellowship with other brothers and sisters-in-Christ affected due to the situation, has your faith in God stagnated or become lukewarm? How can we rekindle our love for God? Below are a few ways I would like to suggest:
(i) The Word
If your Quiet Time (QT) with God has been inconsistent, restart it and allocate a regular daily time slot to connect with God through the Word. Allow the Word to permeate your mind as you read, study and meditate on it. Ask the Lord how you can apply the passage into your life and make it real. You can supplement your QT by using an online or hard copy devotional to kick start this regular routine. In the Bible, Joshua 1:8 (NLT) states:
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
(ii) Count Your Blessings
If you are facing difficult times, reflect on God’s faithfulness and how He had blessed you many times in the past. It could be His provision in helping you get your first and subsequent jobs to overcoming difficult moments in your life, like the healing of sicknesses. As we count our blessings and name them one by one, we can really praise God and thank Him for His faithfulness. Let us not forget all the good things that the Lord has done as mentioned in Psalm 103:2 (NLT):
“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me”
(iii) Connect with missionaries
Through my regular correspondence with missionaries, I have been reminded to continue to pray for those who have been labouring in the mission field. As they heed the call to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19), you can support them either financially or through your prayers. As you support and encourage them through these means, you will experience the Lord’s heartbeat and spread the Good News to the rest of the world.
As we continue our spiritual journey, let’s take action by keeping the flame of our love for God burning.
Leo Deng Yong