Words: in Jest, in Fear, in Faith

17 Mar

A week and two days ago, people joked about the week containing the return to daylight savings time, a full moon, and Friday the thirteenth. By the time Friday came, it was no longer funny. Full-out panic exploded on the land. Before we could prepare ourselves for how much worse people’s reaction could get, the U.S. has been put on a shut-down anything from two to eight weeks. Now is when Bloomberg should have put his money into families instead of advertising.

Not expecting anything close to that happening, I can begin to imagine what else we may face on the other side of the disease curve. Having worked on the emergency response team for our city, I have been trained to anticipate the unexpected and plan for responses. While that exercise is invaluable, it supplants the one focus I need to maintain and that is certain. God is in control.

Two weeks ago, my post focused on the first five chapters of the letter to the Hebrews. I didn’t know then about the Covid-19 when I echoed the writer’s exultation of Jesus. I realized this week how much I needed to remind myself of it. I have a choice in these troubled times. I can join the masses and respond with fear, blame, rants, and theories. Or, I can seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With His purpose in fixed as my top priority, I can then begin to apply my emergency responses:

Jesus is bigger, greater, better, more, almighty. He has this. Whatever happens and whatever the outcome, if you are in Him and He in you, nothing can separate you.

Jesus wants no one to die without Him. He said “Blessed are they that mourn…” I believe that is having a heart that grieves for the impact sin has had in our lives and the lives of those around us. That grief should be multiplied in us as more die without Jesus in their lives. He also commanded that we pray for the Lord to send harvesters to the fields.

Love your neighbors as yourself. Instead of hoarding, remember the words of Jesus that whoever has given a cup of water in His name has given it to Him. Consider how we can serve and how we can give comfort.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. These are dark, troubling times. We are told to be light in the darkness. Of course, that can’t be something we generate; it is the light of Jesus within us—our confidence that He who began a good work will complete it, a confidence that He is Lord of all.

Put on the full armor of God that you will be able to stand firm in your faith.

Share how God has encouraged your heart this week.

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