22 May Thriving During COVID-19 – Marked out for History
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” – Acts 17:26-27
One of the ways we thrive in adversity is knowing that you have been prepared for it. The understanding that somehow, what you are going through has a purpose, and in fact, by divine arrangement, you have been prepared for this season of your life is a powerful one.
Acts 17:26 gives us a powerful revelation about our times and seasons in life. God marked your appointed time in history; this means God predetermined when you will exist, whether in the 19th century of the 21st century. There is something about your life and purpose that makes you more relevant to the time you are living in. Not only that, but He also marked out our boundaries of habitation. He predetermined where you will be born and where you will live. Nothing about your time, race, and citizenship is an accident; they were all predetermined by God.
So what is the implication of this? It means nothing about what you are and what you are going through is an accident. God prepared you for them. You were born for such a time like this. This understanding is not so that you can resign to the problem; it is so that you can overcome them by running to God. Another part of the scripture put it this way: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)
When life gets difficult and when you are facing a tough time. Start by reminding yourself that you are in the right place at the right time for the right assignment. You are meant for this moment, born for this challenge, and positioned to fulfill God’s purpose.
Let us defeat COVID-19 by staying CALM, SAFE, CLEAN, and SANCTIFIED!
Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship