Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows
Brothers and Sisters, how are you doing? Are you living in peace in the Lord in these uncertain times? Are you fearful? Are you content in your circumstances? Is your trust in the Lord?
I ask you these things because I know we all struggle at different times navigating through these troublesome times. We have no precedent for this. It is all new. Everyday. We were going along, in our lives, we thought all those things, events and circumstances that we thought were important and needed. We had appointments, now canceled. Groceries trips have changed. We held onto our routines tightly. And for some of us, our routines are very important to us. Then here comes coronavirus and it is dropped onto our laps. Coronavirus. This is a word we cannot escape these days. It is on our social media, on every news report. It is on our minds, even when we try to think about other things, it is still there. So many birthdays, weddings are now gone, cancelled. Because of the Coronavirus. Our routines are changing.
We fought the realization of it all at first , but come to now know that fighting it is futile.
We are also finding that the Lord is working on our hearts through all of this. Do you see that, also? Working hard on our hearts. Working on mine to be sure. It has not been painless, I will admit, but it’s been necessary. And I thank God for this time to grow in Him. We must shed so much “baggage” that has held us back from loving God and loving our neighbor. This Coronavirus is fleshing out our flesh and getting to our hearts. Who do we serve? Where is our treasure? Who do we love? Do we hold onto the flesh, loving ourselves, our stuff?
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.-1 John 2:15
I struggled, and I still struggle. Every day He is growing me through this trial. I look at what I thought I needed, wanted and thought I had to have, and I now know I don’t need anything, except what the Lord provides. And be content in my circumstances. Be content in Him.He is the Lord of my circumstance.
Even as I write, this it is hard for my flesh to accept. This is because I have believed wrongly, that I was loving God and my neighbor, rightly. And the Lord is using this circumstance to teach me more everyday how to die to myself and live in Him.
But God is revealing in my heart that I have been selfish and not loved Him or my neighbor as I should. And how do I love my neighbor? I love my neighbor as I love myself. I put others above my own needs. That is loving my neighbor. This is what this time of trial is working in my heart. If I fear a disease, I can’t serve my neighbor. I am looking to myself and not my neighbor. I am putting myself before my neighbor.
I am so grateful and humbled by the sacrifice of my Savior. How He humbled himself to a point of dying on a Cross. I can’t even put my head around how much of a sacrifice of Love that He made, to a lowly sinner like me. He has redeemed me through His blood and sacrifice and made me His.
And though there is a deadly virus running through this land and through this world. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Or whether we will die of the virus. We hear of others dying. We fear, but we should not fear. He is with us.
But before this deadly virus, we still didn’t know what would happen tomorrow, we only had today. That hasn’t changed. We didn’t know when we would die before the virus. And that hasn’t changed. So where is the fear coming from?
The fear is coming from the love of this life and lack of love for our Savior. Bear with me. When we fear a disease, we are fearing that which can kill the body, and not He who can cast body and soul into hell. Our fear of losing this life is overshadowing our love for God. Paul said that to live is Christ and to die is gain. Gain because we will be with our Savior. What a great reward.!! So there is no reason to fear.
There is no disease or any calamity that comes as a surprise to our God. Nothing. And we can rest in that. Will we have moments of anxiety. Sure. We are still in the flesh. But in this time of uncertainty and fear everywhere, we can draw ever closer to our Savior. We can apply eternal salve to those that are lost among us, through the Gospel of our Lord.
Talk to Him, tell Him that you believe and ask Him to help your unbelief. Cry out to Him. Have Him search your heart and ask Him to purge all that is unclean in your heart. Humble yourself and He will lift you up. He cares for you and He will sustain you. We are weak and our strength is only found in Him. Lean hard into Him. Read His Word. Pray. Give thanks to Him.Be content. And trust Him.
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Is the Lord working on your heart through all of this? I would love to hear how you are growing in the Lord during this time.
Brothers and Sisters, we are in a very unique and strange time in our history of the world, really. We have never in all of history had the reaction to a disease in the proportion of what we are seeing being implemented. Millions of people around the world are being ordered to stay at home.Millions are losing their jobs, livelihoods. Churches are ordered not to meet and as of yesterday, Christians are being arrested for praying at abortion mills and for having church services.
We are in trying times, brethren. A fearful World needs to hear of the Savior. The fallen World needs to hear the Hope we find in the treasure that is found in Christ.
Let us love God and love our neighbor.
Find ways to serve your neighbor, gifting them the gospel of Christ.
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
I pray the Lord blesses you. Rest in Him.