“It’s Become So Very Quiet.”

Jonathan Malgo

It’s become so very quiet. Not that long ago, you could set your watch against the sound of the big, long-haul aircraft flying over our Midnight Call building on approach to the airport every morning.

It’s become so very quiet. Traffic reports used to be full of news of congestion; now the roads are mostly empty. 

“Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still” (Ps 76:8). By sharing this verse, I’m not trying to express that what we are experiencing now is God’s judgment. But either way, it is God speaking. He’s allowing the entire world, every country, to suffer from the same problem. It makes no difference whether the country is one of the richest in the world, like Switzerland, or the poorest, Liberia. We’re finding that this corona crisis has some interesting aspects.

For one thing, at the time of the Lord Jesus’ birth—His first arrival—all people had to go home. “And all went […] every one into his own city” (Luke 2:3). And today, everyone has to go home. By the end of March 2020, Switzerland had made an immense effort to bring 1,700 people home. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes that the corona crisis has led to a historic recall initiative. The Swiss government has chartered additional planes to bring its citizens home. Germany had to bring home some 200,000 citizens.

When is our Lord bringing us home? We don’t know when He’s coming. But we know that He is. You can almost hear His footsteps. These parallels from around the world should shake us up and once again heighten our perception of His coming.

God is speaking. Is it a gentle call from the Lord, a gracious rattling of our supposed security? Are we hearing, understanding, recognizing? Our security lies in Him, in His Word, and in the promise that He will return. Therefore, “when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

Midnight Call - 05/2020

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