Why are the righteous handling this calamity so much better than others? And make no mistake, they are handling this better, and this is a calamity. Don’t compare this to the flu. No matter what numbers you cite, New York City has never had to set up hospital tents that can hold 2,000 beds. Not even during a seasonal flu—nor has their morgue been this overcrowded…
Who are the righteous? What are they like today? For me, the answer was clear and simple.
- Gentle and loving saints who are sometimes scolded by ushers for praying in the spirit and raising holy hands. Their church has changed, but they never got the memo. All they want is just to know Jesus. They love the benefits of faith, but they want Jesus more than those benefits.
- Those who can’t stand the glitzy, impersonal, dimly lit concert atmosphere that has replaced worship and the presence of God.
- Those who feel queasy in meetings where so called apostles, prophets, and seers have turned the gifts of the Spirit into a self-exalting circus atmosphere.
- Persecuted for taking biblical stands against same sex marriage, abortion, and socialism.
- Pastors with broken hearts. Men and women who, no matter what, stuck to preaching the Word of God but could not compete with the marketing blitz of ‘attraction churches.’ They grieved not because their church became smaller, but because people they loved have left, only to become weaker.
- The few who go out every week, hand out tracts, and pray for people on the streets.
- People who suddenly felt desperate for more of God. They replaced a chunk of their television/social media time for regular prayer, and found an oasis in the heart of their home.
- Fanatics who daily confess the word of God over their bodies and their families.
- Believers who are yearning for the Gospel to envelope the earth as it is preached with power, accompanied by miracles, and spreads the message of God’s love.
- Restless and frustrated. They feel trapped between worlds as they await their new assignment.
These special people enjoy a special end-time peace and protection. David Wilkerson said, “God promised the prophet Zechariah that in the last days, He would be a protective wall of fire around His people: “For I, says the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire roundabout…”” (Zechariah 2:5).
Likewise, Isaiah testifies: “For thou has been a…shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Isaiah 25:4).”
This pandemic has exposed the dramatic difference between the righteous and the carnal believer. The righteous heeded the warnings, so they were prepared. Righteousness prepares you for crisis even when you don’t know it. It brings with it a special ability to sense danger. Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”
Modern pastors, wanting a big church lied to the people by promising nothing would interrupt their blessing. These preachers set their congregations up for panic. Jeremiah 5:12 says, “They have lied about the Lord, and said, “It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.”
This theology of endless sunshine is nothing new. It has been around for centuries, and is known as ‘triumphalism’ – the teaching that becoming a Christian will prevent anything bad from ever happening. It violates one of Jesus’ most basic warnings, found in Matthew 7:26-27, “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Jesus told us to follow His teachings. Pastors have actually discouraged people from doing the work of Christ. They have focused on feeling good, rather than obedience. David Wilkerson said, “The majority of churchgoers today soundly reject all prophetic warnings of a coming storm. Indeed, the American church today is the most blatant ‘feel good’ church in all of history.”
Ask yourself. Why would anyone build on sand? There is only one explanation: they don’t believe that storms are coming. These believers have experienced a great fall from their smug complacency when they discovered that their pastors betrayed them. The righteous, on the other hand, knew they were being told a lie and instead, they built on the solid Rock. They pressed into God, and were prepared when the floods came.
The righteous stored up the right things for storms without even knowing it. Jesus said to pray in secret. That lays a strong foundation. The foundation is the part of the house you can’t see. Righteousness is everything you build when no one is looking, when it doesn’t seem necessary, and when no one else is doing it.
Isaiah 3:10-11, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”
The coronavirus has revealed everyone’s foundation. Those who are giddy, foolish and careless about their movements and actions are showing us their foundation. Those who are hiding themselves until this passes are demonstrating wisdom.
Some carnal Christians are actually getting even more carnal during this crisis. It reminds me of this verse: 2 Chronicles 28:22, “Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord.” It is one thing to embrace a church-taught counterfeit when the weather is great, but to harden your heart in a storm like this is a terrifying mistake.
If you were to ask me exactly what God is saying to do right now, it is summed up in these words:
“Come, My people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.” Isaiah 26:20
The righteous have known that, all along, which is why they are so strong and serene in the midst of this storm.