Numbers are important in the Bible. There are several scriptures throughout the Bible that speak of various numbers. The number seven (7) was taught that it was the number of completions. God created the heavens and the earth in six (6) days and on the seventh day, He rested.
Throughout the book of Revelations, there are countless references to specific numbers of such things as angels, cities, tribes, and kings.
One number that I think no one reading this blog will ever forget is 2020. The year 2020 was momentous, not only to me, but to the entire world. 2020 was a year that caused the whole world to pause, take a deep breath, reexamine, reflect, pivot, and redefine what it meant to have a sense of normality.
Suddenly, life as we knew it was changing. Now, it was no longer safe to shake hands hug, or congregate. In America, churches, restaurants, schools, gyms, and everything we held dear, and in some cases, took for granted, had suddenly become dangerous places to interact with people. Masks became a part of our daily existence. Places of employment found themselves meeting online. School lessons were now done through the internet.
Families were forced to hibernate from their extended family and loved ones for fear of inflicting this new sickness on them that could end their lives. Because nothing takes God by surprise, I began to think about why God allowed this to happen.
Was this something God was allowing to get the world’s attention. What was He trying to say to us? As I began to ponder the meaning behind these events, a scripture that continued to come to mind is found in II Chronicles 7:14. It reads,
“14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
As the world slowly thaws from what has become a life-changing event, may we as the church tune our ears to what God is continually speaking to His called-out people, “The Church!”
God wants us to clearly see and precisely hear what his is saying to His people. 2020 was definitely a year to get our attention. Are we listening??
This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks. Think About It!