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“I will both lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, Lord, make me live in safety” (Ps 4:8).
“Do not put the LORD your God to the test” (Deut 6:16).
There is a fine line between testing and trusting God, and during this time of pandemic the distinction is critical.
Perhaps more than any other book in the Bible, Revelation gives us a glimpse of the majesty and grandeur of Jesus. In these days of global fear of a microscopic organism, we need reminders that God is bigger than a virus. Passages like Revelation 1 (and Isaiah 6) provide those reminders.
In the midst of a world-wide pandemic, do you find it easier or harder to pray? I suspect “easier” in the sense that fear pushes us to pray more often and more fervently. I also suspect “harder” in light of the mounting number of deaths and the minor discomfort of self-quarantine. When I am not sure how to pray, I tend to follow the Lord’s Prayer and fill in the spaces between the lines (so to speak) with the specifics of my life.
When difficult times come upon us, God is at work in the midst of the struggle and pain as any loving father would, not necessarily punishing his children but “disciplining” us so that we learn and grow. Yes, sometimes we need to be chastised. Other times we just need to be shaped and molded and directed. The presence of pain does not necessarily indicate the presence of sin. Certainly, the book of Job has removed that disgusting notion from the thinking of any responsible Christian.
Do you want so badly to engage in certain activities, rigorous regimens of spiritual disciplines, hoping they will finally spiritually grow you?
Do you hope staying busy with these activities this will be the answer to some of the unresolved guilt and shame you have in your own life, that you are not as spiritually mature as you should be?
Dr. John Coe, reminds us in this episode of "Curious Christian" that no amount of effort can ever relieve us of this burden of shame and guilt, except Christ.