Scripture Reflection by Dr. Edwin B. Alston

Having to face the chaos of the past few months has undoubtedly tested one’s limits.  We have been quartered and quarantined, but not quickened. Life has been a struggle due to jobs either laying off or furloughing. Children have been out of school, so you have to juggle your schedule. You cannot unwind by shopping at the mall, watching live sports, or working out at the gym. How you deal with these issues and inconveniences while there is an illness wreaking havoc on the world will show what you are made of.

We know that greater is He that is within me then he that is in the world. Knowing 2 Corinthians 4:17, “ For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” We will overcome any obstacle from this world because, like scripture tells us in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  Here are three points to show how God made us to overcome anything this world throws at us.

First, we can stand on the fact that we are Made Marvelously. Genesis 1:26 tells us that we are made in the likeness and image of God. We are powerful beings with the ability to do the impossible because all things are possible to them who believe.  There is nothing God cannot do through us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 informs us, but we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. God poured into us because He knows the greatness and impact that we will have on society. He made us so that we can withstand the wiles of the devil. He strengthens us so that we can conquer sickness and disease. We are made to be blessed and highly favored for His glory.

Secondly, we have Made some Mess. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. He is no respecter of person because sin has infiltrated our very nature. We are made marvelously, but we still mess up. We can give millions to charity, but our ego can prove Proverbs 16:18, which says, “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Quoting every scripture in every version does not mean we know more than anyone else.

Isaiah 64:6 tells us, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.”  He made us to look perfect, but our inward man is by no means perfect. I remember a preacher referred to Noah and his ark. He ridiculed him and called him dumb for building the ark when no water had been present for a while. Imagine all those animals and people insulting Noah about all the mess inside the ark. Once the flood did come, wouldn’t you rather be inside the ark with all the mess than outside the ark with no chance at all? We can be messy, but the Master died and resurrected so we can be cleaned white as snow.

The last point is that we are Made to Minister.  We look good in His likeness and image, but He intends for us to be the light of the world and salt of the earth. Matthew 28:19-20 demands all of God’s children, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”

We must minister to every living being by showing them the love of God. We show how God can take the prideful and make them humble. We minister to those whose month is longer than their money. They need to see how faith in God will make up the slack.  God made us not only to look good but to make other people look good as well. We are in this thing together; we are made that way.