We’re receiving guidance from many different entities right now…from the CDC, the Federal Government, and the State Government…not to mention all the local Health Departments. And all these parties involved are attempting to manage and direct us during this pandemic to the best of their ability. But as Believers, we need to also look to Godly guidance. God’s direction through His Word can not only guide us, but watch over us, and speak to us. (Proverbs 6:22) His Word leads and directs our course as we listen and obey…for it tell us in Isaiah 58:11, “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden , like a spring whose waters never fail.”
Unfortunately, one of our least lovely traits have been highlighted by the Corona Virus…it’s called selfishness. We’ve seen it across the United States…people more concerned for their own welfare, with blatant disregard for others. (I still shake my head in amazement for the toilet paper hoarding.) But the Scripture above is very clear – we are to think of others. I Corinthians 10:24 goes on to say, “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” There is no place in a Believers life for selfishness and greed…”for love is not self-seeking.” (I Corinthians 13:5) And I know mandatory isolation doesn’t help becoming self-absorbed…but today, look beyond yourself. Focus your concern outward to others and show them the love that’s talked about in the 13th Chapter of I Corinthians.
Revelation 2:3 reminds us during this difficult and unprecedented time, “You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary.” But let’s just admit it, we are all becoming physically and mentally drained from the barrage of news about the corona virus. We are weary psychologically from sheltering in place…alone and isolated from family and friends. We are becoming exhausted and irritable from having everyone in the household cooped up together. Paul encouraged the people of Galatia when he wrote, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) This is not the time of discouragement for the Believer…for the world is desperately looking for hope…and you have that hope within you to give… it’s called the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
The Corona virus has us all weary with battle fatigue and frightened at this invisible enemy that has invaded our land. So today I would encourage you to take a step back, turn off the continuous loop of news shows, and as this verse exhorts, “consider what great things He has done for you.” Reflect on God’s mercy and providence if all your family and friends are healthy and safe. Contemplate His goodness if you have plenty of food in the house and are not in need. Meditate on His hand of protection that is keeping the vast majority of people safe in our Nation. Finally, ponder all the simple things God has done for you personally this week just to say, “I’m with you and I love you.”
I dare say that many of us have spent a great deal of time lately worrying. And what I’ve discovered is that worrying is exhausting…both mentally, physically, and spiritually. But what I also must admit – is that worrying is very counter-productive, doesn’t change anything, and only produces apprehension within me. But there’s something else worrying creates and Psalm 37:8 talks about it…”Do not fret – it leads only to evil.” The Greek word for “evil” here means harm and/or unbelief. In other words, when I worry, I’m telling God I don’t trust Him. Ouch! In this verse Jesus was telling His disciples to focus on Him, not the temporal…to concentrate on the eternal, not the material. Oswald Chambers summed this up well when he wrote, “God doesn’t give us overcoming life…He gives us life as we overcome.”
God gave Solomon a wise and discerning heart…a heart full of prudence and plain old common sense. I love the word prudence! To many it’s rather an old fashion word…but the meaning is very basic – good sense. Years back, a Doctor nicknamed me Prudence for how I conducted myself and worked with patients, and I took it as a compliment! During these difficult times we can all use wisdom, insight, and understanding from the Lord, and the good news is He’s willing to give it to us, for in James 1:5 it tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Just as God cannot be contained (I Kings 8:27)… that even the highest heavens cannot hold Him (II Chronicles 2:6) so the Church is not limited by the building or four walls that surround it. For right now the Church is made up of people that can’t meet together…but the Church still exists and can still make an impact for the Lord. That’s because the Body of Christ, the Church, can still pray and reach out to others with the love of our Lord. For just as the tomb couldn’t hold Jesus…the Church cannot be contained either.