God, You alone are worthy of honor, glory, and praise. With You, we can overcome every storm—including the global impact the Coronavirus is having on our world.
Right now, we are asking You to:
• Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
• Give our leaders extra wisdom as they navigate this pandemic and economic uncertainty.
• Strengthen Your global Church. Reveal to us how we can partner together to reach the need of those around us.
• Calm our fears. Fill us with Your hope, joy, and peace as we continue to trust in You.
• Use this pandemic to pave the way for spiritual renewal. We want Your glory, power, and healing to be on display.
In Jesus Christ’s Holy Name We Pray
The Bible states that after Jesus was baptized, He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness in order to face temptation by the devil. But why would God direct His own Son to endure temptation?
Just prior to this experience, Jesus had participated in John’s “baptism of repentance” (Matt. 3:11-13), even though He was sinless and didn’t need that symbolic cleansing; He chose to be baptized in order to identify with the world He came to save. Then He fasted 40 days and nights in the desert, where Satan tempted Him. God allowed this time of testing—and Jesus willingly submitted to it—so that He could also identify with the struggles and trials we all face. But while so many of us stumble and give in to temptation, He remained faultless even through the full pressure of Satan’s challenges.
We have a Savior who endured the same types of struggles we face today, and that gives credence to the fact that He understands what His children encounter. He sits at God’s right hand, where He intercedes for us. He is fully God and, at the same time, fully man, who willingly identified with us. Don’t hesitate to bring your greatest difficulties to Him—He truly understands.
Sometimes it’s hard to understand what God is doing in our life, but over time I’ve learned that we can identify His fingerprints in several ways:
First, the work God does is creative and powerful. He made heaven, earth, and all living creatures, and He knitted each of us in our mother’s womb. Then, through His Son Jesus, He powerfully accomplished salvation for all who trust in the Savior. What’s more, He adopted all believers into His family.
Second, we can see God’s work through Christ-centered prayers, which narrow our focus on the Lord. When we pray actively and persistently, we can more readily identify His actions and see how to join Him.
Third, the work of God becomes clear to a yielded heart, which prepares us to listen and obey. Regularly concentrating on God’s Word will clear our mind and help us understand what the Lord is up to.
Have you been too busy or distracted to notice what God is doing? If you want to perceive His work, these things can give you a fresh perspective. Admit your lack of attention, and refocus your heart and mind on the Lord.
Everything is changing! Flight schedules are changing. The economy is changing. School schedules are changing. Changes are everywhere.
But, you know what hasn’t changed? God’s love for us. The four most welcome words in the Bible are God is for us. GOD is for us— the unchanging Creator is FOR us. His love for us is constant and unchanging. He’s not plotting to take us down, punish us, or cause us pain. He wants to build us up. He hasn’t turned away from us. He has turned toward us and is inviting us to run to him for peace and strength.
Among all the changes currently happening, find comfort in this steadfast promise from Christ—“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Turn to Him today.
Like a majority of Americans I am staying home in an effort to do my part in eliminating the Coronavirus. No doubt you’ve seen many articles giving you “how-to instructions” on staying busy and sane while in your personal confinement. Some of the suggestions given are good while others are just plain silly. One of the ideas given was to set goals for yourself during this anxiety-ridden time. I agree. There is one goal you can set for yourself that outshines any other.
May I recommend reading one chapter a day in the bible starting in the book of Matthew. The goal is to read, absorb, understand and accomplish what God has shown you through His word. This goal is a great goal in that it draws you closer to God and it gives you the strength and peace to carry on in our current world circumstances.
If you don’t have a bible at home you can go on the internet to sites such as: https:biblegateway.com. In addition to providing you with a bible to read it also has many other resources that compliment the bible such as verse explanations, word definitions, maps and much more.
Are you ready to start on your goal? Great! You will be a better person for it and the best part is you will become closer to God our father and at the same time meet His son Jesus Christ. May God bless you on your journey through His Word.
Writing a blog with a message mostly about Jesus Christ is not that difficult during normal times. But, these are not normal times. Everyone is anxious or concerned about getting sick from the Coronavirus. That’s all understandable. The question on all of our minds is how to find a ray of sunshine in these times.
If you are at home looking for that ray of sunshine in order to remain sane and have some enjoyment in life I understand completely. Where you find your enjoyment and peace is up to you. From my perspective I would highly recommend reading God’s word, the bible. There you will find everything you need to make it through life on a daily basis.
If you need some help, why not start in the book of Psalms, the 23rd chapter.
Are you anxious about what is going on with the Coronavirus? Have a lot of unanswered questions? Are you starting to feel the effects of “cabin fever” already? For all of us these things are in the forefront of our minds and no doubt causing us to be anxious. The apostle Paul had similar feelings.
He had a reason to be anxious! Envision an old man as he gazes out the window of a Roman prison. Half-blind, squinting just to read, and awaiting trial before the Roman emperor. His future is as gloomy as his jail cell. Paul wasn’t staying in a place of ease where a lot of us are spending our time.
To read his words, you would think he’d just arrived at a Jamaican beach hotel. His letter to the Philippians bears not a word of fear or complaint. Not one! Instead, he lifts his thanks to God and calls on his readers to do the same. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!”(Philippians 4:4).
Paul’s challenge is a decision deeply rooted in the confidence that God exists, that he is in control, and that he is good. Rejoice in the Lord—always! You can’t run the world but you can entrust it to God!