“He stood between those who had died and those who were still alive, and the plague stopped.” (Numbers 16:48).
“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” So wrote Charles E. Weller in 1867, as a simple exercise in warming up his fingers for using a new-fangled invention called the typewriter. Little could he have known how perpetually relevant this spontaneous and unadorned sentence would be through the decades. Certainly no one can fail to see its timeliness for us today.
Some fifty years ago A. W. Tozer wrote, “In times of extraordinary crisis ordinary measures will not suffice. The world lives in such a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were normal.” Yet it seems as though we may have done just that.
If ever there was a time for we who profess faith in Christ, who are by His own pronouncement “the salt of the earth, the light of the world, a city set on a hill” – if ever there was a time to let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven, it is now. If ever there was a time to do all things without murmuring and disputing, so that we might be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation, it is now.
If ever there was a time for the redeemed of the Lord to say so, it is now. If ever there was a time to stir up the gift that is in us, no longer ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor drawing back for fear of rejection and ridicule, it is now. If ever there was a time to hold fast the pattern of sound words, standing in the grace of Christ and enduring hardships as good soldiers, it is now.
If ever there was a time to shun profane and vain babbling’s, and to flee youthful lusts, it is now. If ever there was a time for diligence in presenting our case for Christ with dignity, it is now. If ever there was a time for private piety to become public virtue, it is now.
If ever there was a time for you and me to stand in faith and stop a plague — it’s now.