I remember Floyd McClung shared in a conference in 1991 about a prayer meeting he had attended in Stockholm. He said something like this, “As pornography especially child and teen porn were rampant in Stockholm, those who were at the prayer meeting shared with each other the latest news and updates about it. They talked about how terrible the perpetrators were and how horrible some of the cases were, etc. They kept saying to each other, “did you hear about this case ….”, “did you know …”, etc.
This went on for quite a significant amount of time. At one point, an elderly lady who had remained quiet the entire time suddenly spoke up. Since she was new and had been quietly listening, everyone stopped and gave her the floor. She said, ‘Looks to me like you are all pretty impressed with what the devil is doing in this city, going on and on about the details of each horrific act committed; shouldn’t we be more impressed with God and what He is able to do amidst all these when God’s people pray? We should get on with the prayer meeting.'”
Lately, there’s been a lot of videos, pictures, texts, etc. about Covid-19 sent back and forth amongst many people on social media. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to keep each other updated. But maybe, just maybe, we too should be more focused on God’s greatness and power, and on what He wants to do and is able to do in our world today. Let’s be impressed with God!
Psalm 68:1 God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him! 2 As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God! 3 But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him! 5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. 6 God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. …
32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah 33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. 34 Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. 35 Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel–he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!