Now is the time

Now is the time

The way things are right now, it is likely we will be asking where is God in all of this? Some of us are even going as far as to question how could He have let this happen? It is the kind of questions, we as humans tend to ask when things go wrong. And with the present situation being described as a “pandemic” we are more likely to ask where God is when facing when a crisis.

When to get right
God is nearer than we think. Often, the problems and issues we face teach us valuable life lessons. It is why we go through them. Although such situations are far from easy, it is often these tough experiences that lead us to God. In the Bible, Jesus says: “Come to me all those who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). If there is ever a time to come to God, it is now. This situation is likely to be making us weary. It is during a crisis when we ask God for help. When things are going well, God can be far from our minds. When things go wrong, we are more likely to cry out to God. Just think about the times when desperation has made us utter, “please God help me.”

Who gets right?
According to a Savanna ComRes poll taken in 2018, over 50% of all adults in the UK said they pray to God, despite “not being religious.” Family topped the list of things these pollsters prayed about with global disasters being a lower priority. Praying about global disasters might have been low down on the priority list two years ago, but it is likely that has changed now. A new poll shows: “A quarter (26%) of all British adults say they have prayed for an end to the COVID-19 crisis.” This global crisis is likely to cause people to seek God. This “virus” is having a major impact on people. According to one pastor in America, it is a wakeup call. Pastor Paul LeBoutillier, Calvary Chapel Ontario, said: “We’ve had many people contact us wanting to get right with the Lord. They recognise they have distanced themselves from Jesus over the years. Situations like this often cause people to question their relationship with God.”

It is not odd to question this when you learn we were created to be in relationship with God. Heaven and Hell are real places, whether we want to believe it or not. If you do not have a relationship with God, you cannot expect to go Heaven. It is very unlikely that you would let a stranger come and live in your home for good. It is the same for God with his home, Heaven. It is not about religion. It is about being in an everyday relationship with the creator of Heaven and Earth. And getting right with God is the beginning of that relationship.

This current situation should create a sense of urgency. If you are reading this right now, it is for a reason. God is calling us to come into relationship with Him. Recent video footage in Peru, Brazil and the United States, shows the police and hospital staff praying in droves because of this global crisis. In Brazil, people lined the streets, on their knees, praying and calling on God to help them. It seems more people are crying out to God because of this virus. And so, they should. We can turn to God in times of trouble.

Why we need to get right
God loves us and wants us to come to him. However, there is something that separates us. We have all sinned. All of us. The bad stuff we have done separates us from God because He is holy. Separation from God is not a good thing. This sin is like having a debt you owe God. It must be paid. And we cannot do anything to pay this debt ourselves. Yet, it must be paid for us to get right with God. It is the first step. The only way for the debt to be paid is by accepting Jesus into our lives, through God’s grace.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He took our place for all the sins, all the bad stuff we have done. This what the Bible means when it says: “God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that whosoever should believe in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3.16). The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). If we die in our sins, we’ll be permanently separated from God. This means Hell. All of us will end up there if we do not get right with God and ask for forgiveness. This might be hard to hear. But the truth often is.

Jesus is the only one who can save you. His death on the cross paid for our sins. The solution is in Jesus. He offers us eternal life. This is the good news. It is like someone paying our debts on our behalf, so we no longer owe them. Meaning we can go free. This gift is called salvation. But we need to accept Jesus into our life. Not just believe in Him but be willing have a life with Him in it and to follow Him. We must accept this gift to activate it. It only works if you follow the steps to get right with God.

How to get right
We can start right now. We do not need to go anywhere or do anything special. We do not need to wait until our life is sorted. Until we have it all together or stopped doing this or that. No. We just need to take the following steps.

1. Ask Jesus for forgiveness for all the bad stuff we have done in our life. This is called repentance (see page 6).
2. Be prepared to stop doing those things and turn away from them.
3. Accept Jesus into our life.
4. Read the Bible, the Word of God.
5. Find a Bible-based nondenominational church. Jesus is the way to God. He is the route so to speak. This is shown in the Bible when Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man comes to Father except through me.” (John 14.16).

That is why we must come to Jesus first, to get right with God. There is an order, we must accept the Son to be in right standing with God. This global crisis shows us we are not in control. Many of us are fearful. Things very uncertain. We do not know what to do or where to turn. But we can turn to God. And now is the time.

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