“For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! The Lord says, ‘Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness.” Psalm 95:3-8 NLT
Let us not allow our hearts to harden in this time of quarantine because we don’t understand the threats that are coming against us. Although it is true that we live in a time of uncertainty, let us remember as believers that the way to stay in this race is simple, and it is by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit that strengthens our faith. Because of this, let’s not get distracted and:
Let’s accept this time as discipline from the Lord because there are many people who are aware of what you do.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NL
Let us not falter as we learn this new discipline.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,” Hebrews 12:3-5 NLT
Let us accept that the Lord is among us during this difficult time.
Let’s come to our senses, recognizing that God is among us. Our Heavenly Father speaks to us day by day, but we will not hear him if we are distracted and have a hardened heart.
Take a moment to reflect on the state of your heart and trust in the leading of the Holy Spirit to respond.
- Is the Lord among us?
- Is the Holy Spirit in each of us?
- Am I hearing His voice?
- Am I thanking God?
- Am I standing strong in the Lord?
Heavenly Father, as a follower of Christ I have nothing to fear. I ask you that I can fully understand the depth and breadth of your sovereignty and your grace for your love in me. Amen.