These are challenging times. The nations of the world have been infected with the coronavirus and governments find themselves in crisis. Last week we dealt with the fear and confusion this current problem has instilled in many, but encouraged ourselves, as Believers in Jesus, to stand firmly in God’s word in Psalm 91. Here is our place of safety and God’s peace.
When crisis hits a nation, people demonstrate what they are believing, displaying many extremes. The pendulum of what folk are accepting and taking on board, can swing from one extreme to another. The key word needed here is balance. Panic is a result of fear, and “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”, (2 Timothy 1:7) As we embrace and stand on God’s word, balance prevails in God’s gift of peace to our hearts.
This season presents tremendous opportunities for God’s people to be available in the community we live in. So many are deeply concerned for their welfare and fear is rife.
On her visit to the local shops, a sister found a friend in despair over the future prospect of her business. As they talked together, the sister was able to lead her to the Lord.
A brother chatting with a local about current climates, finally ended their conversation and bid farewell. The unbeliever said, “Goodbye, take care!” The Christian brother responded with, “I have someone who takes care of me. His name is Jesus, and He is the greatest Caretaker”. We may think it is a small thing, such a conversation, but it is a seed being sown into a field. The Holy Spirit can quicken that seed and cause it to germinate at God’s appointed time.
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He said these timeless words to us:”You are the salt of the earth…….you are the light of the world……Let your light so shine before men , that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven”, Matthew 5:13-16.
Dear Lord Jesus, while men’s hearts are failing them for fear, make us a light on a hill in our community, to draw people to You to receive salvation, redemption, peace and comfort in the midst of crisis.
Give us oil in our lamps, Lord!….that we may stand firm in the strength of your Word, a signpost for your Cross, walking in humility that we may be vessels fit for divine purpose, for divine appointments. May your peace and balance in all things prevail. Amen.