18 May Thriving During COVID-19 – Going from Surviving to Thriving
Today I will be changing the title of my daily encouragement from Surviving COVID-19 to Thriving During COVID-19. God does not only want us to survive adversity; He wants us to thrive during adversity. This is the covenant we have as children of God.
Exodus chapter 1 gives us a look into the power of covenant on a people. After the death of Joseph, his brothers, and that whole generation, a king rose up who did not know Joseph or care about history; he decided to move against the Israelites. Out of wickedness and fear of being outnumbered, he decided to turn Israelites into slaves with the hope of wearing them down with severe labor. However, this did not work as the Israelite continues to thrive, even under such harsh conditions.
“But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became.” Psalm 23:5
You may wonder, how is that possible? Or what is the reason for that? It is because of the covenant God made with Abraham. Earlier in Genesis, God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants. He said, “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” This
As children of God, even though we are not Israelites by birth, through Jesus Christ, we inherited the same covenant. Galatians 3:14 says, “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Just like Israelite in Egypt, by faith, we can thrive even in an adverse condition.
Our faith is particularly crucial in adversity. Your faith determines where you pull from, either from God or your difficulty. Your faith determines the source you go to and what you will come out with in the end. If we agree with the enemy in any area, we will come out with more bondage, often a broken heart, discouragement, oppression, and heaviness, etc. But if we make God our source, if we go to Him as our safe place and refuge and seek His heart and perspective, we will come out stronger, more mature, and walking in the good fruit of Godly thinking. This is what is called THRIVING.
May God bless you and remember to Stay CALM, SAFE, CLEAN, and SANCTIFIED.
Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship