With One Word...
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me...But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me...Oh, that my people would listen to me. Psalm 81:8, 11, 13
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Psalm 85:8
Julius Caesar solved a military crisis with one word. It was 47 B.C. -- Several sources (Plutarch, Lucan, Appian) have reported the event. 30,000 Roman troops, starting with the Tenth Legion, were about to revolt over not getting paid. ** Despite the decisive victory at the Battle of Pharsalus and subsequent death of Triumvir Pompeius Magnus, civil war continued. Caesar faced hostile Roman armies in Spain and North Africa. Meanwhile, order was kept in Rome only through Mark Antony's soldiers. Caesar faced a mutiny among his veteran Gallic legions billeted in Campania. They refused his orders to move from Italy to Africa to fight the Pompeian army gathered there. Instead, they marched to Rome to demand back pay, discharge, and promised bonuses of money and land. Caesar's power and survival were hanging in the balance.
He walked up to his soldiers and said one word, "Quirites." The word means citizens. With that word, he was saying, "since you don't want to be my soldiers, I will greet you as Roman Citizens instead." The soldiers immediately cringed, apologized, and in shame agreed to follow the Emperor's orders. As soldiers they would eventually receive lots of income, land and booty. As citizens, nada. One word changed their minds. Once in Africa, they emerged victorious in the civil war with the Roman Senate.
I believe the one word God is saying to his church is "listen." We must develop ever more keenly our ability to hear His voice. Psalm 81 and 85 above made it clear how God values his people hearing. The King James Version translates that word as "hearken" which means to listen with the intent to obey what we hear. We will be forever different as we come out of the "covid crisis." Church life will not return to the status quo.
One of three or four crucial skills we must improve, yea master, is hearing God's voice, ready to obey. Soaking our minds and hearts in Scripture is essential as well. Growing in ability to wait on the Lord with results is a third, and moving in the power of the Holy Spirit's gifts and gracelets is a fourth.
God is speaking to his body...new insights and strategies for great commission Christ-followers are in the air. Are we listening? With one word tremendous spiritual activity can be released...
Resting, to hear more clearly, Perry Floyd
** Blog by Matt Vangogh, in Quora