Truth for the Times
Daily Devotions With Calvary Vista Pastors
We are living in very uncertain times today. Our world, and thousands of lives, has been shaken by the Coronavirus. There are endless opinions, news articles, a wide array of emotions, but the one thing that seems to be missing is toilet paper at the local grocery store.
In all seriousness, these are very uncertain times full of anxiety and fear. Maybe, as you are reading this today, you might find yourself in that very place.
Well, the good news is, as Christ-followers, we can be certain of one thing; our God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He is faithful.
He is seated HIGH above the heavens on HIS throne.
He is in control.
And, He is well acquainted with everything taking place in our lives. He sees it all.
The Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah, thousands of years ago, to the nation of Israel in a very similar place of confusion and fear, and this is what He said:
“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the LORD, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10 NLT
Even when there is unfathomable chaos all around us, God’s faithful, covenantal love for us REMAINS. His blessing upon our lives will never be broken. What God has initiated and accomplished can never be broken. It is lasting. He is a God who keeps His promises, and He has promised His love and His blessing to us. Not only has He promised His love and blessing, but He has also promised His peace. Consider what Paul wrote to the Philippian church:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6 NLT
This is one of the great blessings of the loving covenant He has initiated with us. We have been invited into a relationship with our heavenly father, who calls us to bring every burden before Him. We are able to process our pain, anxiety, and burdens WITH our heavenly father. When we are anxious and afraid, He invites us to bring it all before Him in exchange for His peace. What a deal! The peace of God is a promise. And God NEVER breaks His promises. His peace will come.
I want to encourage you, Church, take some time today to SLOW down and bring your burdens before Him. This virus has created a unique opportunity for all of us to SLOW DOWN for loving union with Christ and experience His peace that surpasses all understanding. Enjoy His unbreakable covenant and unfailing love.
I don’t know about you, but I want that peace, I want a peace that I can’t explain and a love that never fails.
With all of this in mind, I want to make a crucial distinction. This verse, Philippians 4:6, encourages us to avoid being anxious, however, there is a type of anxiety and unsettling that can lead to wise caution and precaution. As we move forward as a church and as a country in fighting this terrible illness, we need to exercise wisdom, love, and genuine concern for others. This illness shouldn’t sit well with us; death and disease never sat well with Jesus. This illness should motivate us to live cautiously and considerately for others who are vulnerable and take the necessary steps to take care of ourselves and our families.
HOWEVER, it needs to stay there. Anxiety becomes harmful when it moves from a healthy unsettling and caution rooted in reality to outright fear and crippling of the spirit motivated by fear. We are to avoid that crossover with all of our being and trust in our ever-faithful God.
There are lots of opinions and ideas all around us from social media, various news outlets, fake news, fake quarantine text messages, you name it. More than ever we need to seek the TRUTH and guard our ears and hearts. Be careful not to feed anxiety with more anxiety. Find a reliable news source and then dive into the word of God and prayer like never before.
May the Lord richly bless you and keep you today!
And may you experience more than EVER – His perfect PEACE!