These are crazy times we’re living in, aren’t they? And it would be easy to give into the sense of panic rising around us. But those who are clothed with Christ know better. He is our security and our firm anchor always. Always.
When theologian Martin Luther was faced with the bubonic plague in the 16th century, he penned these wise words that can help inform the way we approach the coming weeks and months:
You ought to think this way: “Very well, by God’s decree, the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely.’”
Yes, we need to be vigilant. And prudent. And take precautions, both for ourselves and others. But we will not fear because we know the Author of Life and our lives are hidden in him.
As our sweet Robin (love you, lady!) often says, “Nothing touches my life that doesn’t first filter through the loving hands of my heavenly father.” Period.
I love what Chuck Swindoll says. . .
God never leans over the balcony of heaven and gasps.”
God is El Roi. The God who sees. He saw Hagar in the desert due to circumstances not of her doing. And he sees you and me. Always.
He’s seen this virus coming since the beginning of time. Just as he saw (and allowed, since he is sovereign) the deadly bubonic plague of the 16th century, which Martin Luther endured, and the Spanish Flu of 1918-20 when millions also died.
God is in control.
So let’s use this opportunity of “sheltering in place” to grow closer to him and encourage others to do the same. Let’s read the Word together. Post Scripture on social media (after all, it’s the Living Word and never returns void, God promises us that). Watch THE CHOSEN. (I told you about that here a couple of weeks ago, and oh, if you haven’t seen it yet, please do—and pass it along.) Play games together. Have conversations about the Eternal. And Eternity. (Joe and I are doing all these things.)
What are your thoughts today? How are you and your loved ones preparing to deal with coming weeks? To deal with today? Again, not in panic or fear, but in prudence and complete trust in Jesus.
And if you have a specific prayer request, please post that, too, and let’s crowd close together at the foot of the cross while lifting up the Savior of the world!
In Christ alone,