Today I see a world shaken.
Today I see men scrambling.
Confusion and terror reign over the land.
The mighty fear a tiny foe,
And hide from each other,
Behind strips of cloth – A worthless defense.
Has Hope really fled?
Science is aghast.
Hearts are torn
From fear and dread
As we count the dead.
~ Me in Quarantine
Today be not shaken like the world but realize that Jesus overcame the world. Of course, follow the health mandates and guidelines set forth by our leaders. But cast fear aside, as there is hope in God’s Word for all who believe in Him.
Jeremiah chapter 17 speaks of a people in rebellion against God. They doubted God’s power over them and preferred to live in sin rather than listen to the pleadings of a loving God for them to turn around and find salvation in Him. I realize that this scripture context is about the people’s disobedience to God about observing the Sabbath. They stopped doing it. So how does that apply today? Well, a couple of ways.
See, we fell away. But we can fix that. How?
- Repent and claim God’s power over our circumstance:
Verse 7 ~ Blessed is the man who trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
- Turning from others (social distancing) offers time to turn to God. He comforts the weary and brokenhearted:
Verse 10 ~ I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
- Praise God for rescue and healing:
Verse 14 ~ Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
- Spend time in God’s Word and less time watching the news:
Verse 15 ~ Behold, they say unto me, Where is the Word of the Lord? Let it come now.
Verse 20 ~ And I say unto them, Hear ye the word of the Lord …
Verse 23 ~ But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear …
As Resurrection Day approaches, remember that Jesus is our Sabbath. He is our Savior and our Rest. Our Father God is not out to destroy us. That is the goal of Satan. Our loving Father God calls us to repentance in His Son, Jesus; Who suffered and accepted the sins of the whole world – past, present, and future – upon Himself. As He hung there on the cross in agony, He had compassion for two thieves crucified next to Him. One repented and one did not. Jesus extended the gift of salvation to the repentant thief. What a perfect picture of how God’s salvation plan works! We confess our sins to Him and accept His free gift of salvation and a second chance at life. Not just this earthly life, but life after death for eternity. He immediately forgives and redeems. It’s just that simple. No strings attached. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Yet some will answer His call and some will not.
Today I pray that if you have not already done so, that you will turn to Jesus with your whole heart and follow Him. I declare by the authority of Jesus that He is our Hope. I pray for many to be healed of physical disease, for protection from all threats to our nation from within and without. Uphold our first responders and medical workers with Your Mighty Right Hand, LORD; keep them safe. Give wisdom to world leaders and may multitudes worldwide find true peace by trusting Jesus in this hour of testing. Amen.
Where is the Word of the Lord?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ~ John 1:1
Let Jesus come into your heart now.
God’s blessings on thee. May you and your household rest in the joy of Jesus this Resurrection Sunday, giving praise and worship to God for what He is doing unseen on our behalf in the heavenlies and on earth.
Stay home. Hide from infection, but don’t hide from God!