In my lifetime, I have never seen an event that has impacted the world like this one. Putting someone on the moon was pretty amazing, but did not impact everyone in the world like this pandemic. I don’t know your present circumstances or the challenges you are facing right now, but have you been asking yourself the same kind of questions I am asking?
What is the Lord trying to tell me through these challenging times?
Is our country going to pull out of this?
Is my job secure?
What is going to happen to the nations that do not have the same kind of infrastructure we have?
How can I be a light to my neighbors?
So where are you looking for HOPE?
Some of you are looking to your family for answers and comfort.
Some are looking to the hospitals for your protection.
Some are following to the news networks to learn of the latest with this virus
Some are looking to local or the federal government for help.
These can all be good sources of information and comfort, but ultimately I am confident the Lord wants us to be looking to Him for our HOPE. I was in a parking lot the other day thinking, “Lord, you have so many people praying to you right now, you must be really busy, in fact maybe You are overwhelmed with all this activity. Then I laughed, He created the universe with a spoken word, how funny to think God is challenged with anything let alone the prayers that He is being besieged with right now!”
So are you turning to God for comfort, wisdom, and strength as you navigate these unchartered waters?
There is no doubt this pandemic is a test for some, an awakening for others, and a challenge for all. But as Dr. John Piper writes, “All natural disasters are a thunderclap of divine mercy… calling all people everywhere to repent and realign their lives, by grace, with the infinite worth of the glory of God.”
For those of us who consider this a test, now it is time for us as Christians to lead up-front, to be the light God has called us to be to those who do not have the same hope we have. Why should we be the light?
For several reasons:
- God has equipped us so that we can be a witness – through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- We have read the last chapter of the book, we know how our lives will end (in glory) and how our Lord will be victorious over all evil on this earth.
- We have a cloud of witnesses surrounding us including our families and church cheering us on.
- Each one of us has been blessed beyond measure, we have a treasure chest of wisdom, resources, and God-ordained insights to bring to bear on this situation
I encourage you to meditate daily on the strength found in His Word. It reverberates with reminders that our Lord is in charge and laughs at those who think otherwise (Psalm 2.4).
Consider reading a Psalm a day to get hope.
Start with this one: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” Psalm 91:1-7
Point people to the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd, the Living Water, the Great Physician because you were created for a time such as this.
P.S. Here are some better questions to ask yourself:
- What am I grateful for today?
- Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
- What expectations of normal am I letting go of today?
- Am I getting outside today to get some fresh air and exercise?
- What beauty can I be creating or cultivating or inviting in today?
- Have I checked in with my Creator/Savior today asking Him how can I be of service today?
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