May 19, 2020

Everyone Seems Ready to Escape

 

We have been stuck in the corona-virus lock down and we are exhausted from non-activity. It is great to see the country reopening. Although some are advocating a continuation of the shutdown, many are feeling, “I am done with this quarantine!” We will live cautiously, not fearfully!

This reminds me of several Bible verses in the King James Version that describes this “time to get on with life” situation.

And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.” Genesis 8:13 (KJV)

Noah was quarantined in the Ark for a long time!

“And it came to pass” was a phrase that meant the passage of time. But let us look at this verse from a deeper perspective. Whatever pandemic situation we are in, will pass. And “it” came to pass. Supply your own circumstance for the “it.” And it, the corona virus, came and it will pass. The financial difficulty I am in came and it will pass. The struggle I am having with homeschooling my children came and it will pass. My illness came and it will pass.

God knew we would go through difficult times. The Bible captured this in Psalm 23:4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me….” I walk “through” the valley of the shadow of death. I am not stuck in this valley. I am not afraid because God is with me, even in the darkest of times!

But the question is are you walking with God or are you in this dark valley by yourself? Have you surrendered your life to Jesus by receiving Jesus as your Savior and placing Him as Lord of your life? If not, you are one commitment away. Open your heart and receive Jesus as your Lord.

“But to all who did receive Him [Jesus], He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13.

The choice is simple, but the decision is difficult. You must surrender your will to His will. Acknowledge your sin. Trust Christ. Walk with Jesus until, “it” passes!

Tassie and I love you and we are praying for you!

Pastor Tom