Truth for the Times

Daily Devotions With Calvary Vista Pastors

Hello Friends,

I was reminded this week that we should see all situations around us with a ‘glass half full’ mentality.  This is the mentality of being optimistic and positive.  Do not let fear overwhelm you as it will do no good and will not help you get through our current situation.

The Bible has a lot to say about fear. Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:7:

  • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

This means we shall not fear nor make decisions without having a sound mind. Right now we have many decisions to make, so let us make wise choices.

This leads us into our devotion for the day in 1 Kings, chapter 19. The context leading up to this portion of scripture is regarding the Prophet Elijah who was running for his life from King Ahab and Jezebel.  King Ahab and Jezebel were evil people who had killed many prophets.  This caused Elijah to run away in fear and hide in a cave.

Look with me here as we read these verses in 1 Kings 19:9-12:

  • “And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord  came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”  Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Wow!!  Currently, there are things going on around us in this world and we have been put in a position of not being able to gather in large groups and having to stay home in our own ‘caves’ or our own ‘dwelling places.’  In this time, we have been given a great opportunity to slow our lives downs. This enables us to take more time to read the Bible, to pray and to praise Him.

It is also a great opportunity for us to do some family bonding.  Seeing the glass half full is a blessing we may not have realized.  A chance for us to turn off the screens and electronic devices in our homes and instead play a game, do a craft or pick up a project in the home and get everybody involved.  Do not let this be a time of oppression, keeping us in fear.  Instead, let it be a place of opportunity to share love in our homes and also to reach out and minister to our family members or friends that we have not spoken to in a while.

Church family, be encouraged during this season of uncertainty and listen for God’s still small voice. If there is one thing that is certain, it is that God is for us and God loves us.

Amen!  God bless you.

Pastor Jesse