He’ll Do It Again
April 4, 2020
By Rev. Kim McGarr
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (MSG) – We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either. I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of us, a rescue in which your prayers played such a crucial part.
Three weeks ago our world changed. As a social, people-loving person, I now find myself working from home alone. The first Monday and Tuesday, when the staff met via a Zoom call, were hard. I didn’t like it at all. “This is not going to work”, I thought. “I can’t do this”; I had my meltdown early. By Wednesday morning I was looking forward to the Zoom meeting and seeing my coworkers. God was already working on me regarding the situation of isolation.
God reminded of a time, five years ago now, when I was very ill. I spent three months at home, and no one could figure out what was wrong. I even spent time at the Mayo Clinic. My condition continued to deteriorate, and I came face to face with my own mortality. I wasn’t sure if I would live. If this was going to be my new normal, I was going to need help. I cried out to God, and he answered! He drew near to me, and I leaned into Him with all I had and realized He was, in fact, all I needed. I didn’t have the strength to face this health crisis alone, so I turned my health over to God. I realized that if I could live through that dark time five years ago, I can handle this isolation. God came to me in my time of distress, when I felt death was close, and I heard God say to me “I’ll do it again.” “What do you mean,” I asked, “What is IT?” For days the sentence would come to mind at all different times, over and over again, “I’ll do it again.” I began to realize a strange calm had come over me. I wasn’t anxious or worried anymore. I felt a sense of peace, an unexplainable assurance even. It was then that God said to me, “I rescued you in that dark time, just like I have always rescued my people.” I began to think back to all the difficult times in my life, and yes, God had always gotten me through. Maybe not as quickly as I would have liked. Perhaps I suffered more than I wanted to, but in His timing, God had always made a way for me.
Over and over again in the Bible, we read stories of how God saved his people, rescued them at just the right time. I am confident He’ll do it again! God is with us, and He will provide a way – a way to eradicate this virus, a way for whatever you are struggling with today. In our darkest hours, even when we are in fear for our life, the hand of God is ready and willing to rescue us.
Lean in and watch, He’s going to do it again!
Listen to this as an encouragement – “He’ll Do It Again” – Elevation Worship