You cannot be stopped
"Mover of mountains, breaker of chains, Jesus has triumphed, over the grave, sing hallelujah, the battle is won, nothing can stand, against our God."
These last few weeks at the Meyers household have been pretty rough. A nasty virus has invaded out humble abode and wreaked havoc on my wife and children. I alone escaped the vomitus bonds of this three-headed virus. And by three-headed I mean it displayed itself in three ways, none of which are friendly to bodies, toilets or carpet…ick.
Every time we are plagued with a sickness I get freaked out. My children have turned me into a germaphobe. You have to know before we head down this road that I have an immense disdain for vomiting. I don't know anyone that truly enjoys it, but my averseness is probably stronger than most. I will avoid it at all costs. I will be miserable long before I succumb to its violent schemes…just breathe…breathe through it.
In addition to being freaked out by sickness, it truly angers me. Ask my wife, and I'm working through this, but I get really mad. My anger isn't directed at my kids, or my wife, or the tasks of cleaning up, or disinfecting EVERYTHING, but at the source of the sickness. Yes, the age-old enemy himself, the devil. It infuriates me. Now I can't blame the sly serpent completely for the entrance of evil, sin, and sickness into the world, because our first parents gave in to temptation and the lie of the forked-tongue deceiver, and so we are responsible as well. But, when sickness and death enter my world, I cannot help getting mad. What should this anger do? It should drive me closer to Jesus. At the very least, it should remind me that the enemy does not have the last word. Like the chorus of "You cannot be stopped" says, Jesus has triumphed over the grave. Our God is alive, proving once and for all that we have victory in the end over all the nastiness in the world.
Suffering is inevitable. We will all deal with it. Some more than others. But no matter what you are going through today, let the gospel story wash over you and speak its comfort and hope into your weary soul. Sickness will not win. Death is not the end. Pain does not have the last word. Jesus has won! All the suffering and evil in this world has been swallowed up in victory. Paul reminds us of this in 1 Corinthians 15 "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is you victory, O death, where is your sting", The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!"
Amen, friends. Amen. Check out "You cannot be stopped" here.