As news of coronavirus / COVID-19 dominates headlines and social media, my first concern is to have my heart fixed on the knowledge of God and walking in friendship with him. My second priority is to ask, “how can I serve my neighbors in love?”
Of course, these were always the priorities. The goal in this trying and uncertain time is to keep those priorities when overwhelming circumstances tempt me to focus on something else.
And I know that for many of you, the greatest challenge is the sudden loss of a job, or a business, or retirement income, or closest to home, unexpected and unfortunate news about your own health or that of a loved one.
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Hebrews 10:23-25 reads,
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
To stir one another on today, and to encourage each other, I want to ask: what is God teaching you during this global pandemic?
For me, I am understanding in a new way the meaning of Isaiah 40:6-8,
A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the LORD blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Our human frailty is being exposed in a severe and painful way right now.
My prayers are that with God’s help we will find new ways to control and cure this virus.
But until then - and even then - the only firm grounding for our lives is the word of our God.
May we each come to see our weakness and neediness for God and his word in this difficult season. May he renew our strength in this time of weakness.
Please do share how God is speaking to you from his word in this time.