Today is March 21st, 2020, and my husband and I are 10 days into voluntary social distancing in response to our country’s current state of emergency. Despite being faced with the uncertainty of tomorrow, today, I rest in the promise, “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promise to her.” (Luke 1:45)
God is good all the time, but there are days His presence and love for me are so over the top that He takes my breath away. Today is one of those days. The relevance in this morning’s Bible reading from Psalm 34 is so intentional, it sparks an uncontrollable fire in my soul. Encouraging scriptures skip off the pages and into my heart but refuse to settle. No, not until I do what God is calling me to do and share His Words with you.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8 NIV)
Taste and See!
I read this as an invitation to God’s people who so desperately need assurance that all will be okay. We are surrounded not only by a devastating disease that seems to have appeared from nowhere; but the shocking toll of death caused by it. Never in my lifetime has the ground been more thirsty for spiritual revival. If we plant the seeds of God’s Word in our heart and speak it out with our mouths, we will reap a harvest of the seeds we have been planting.
The hard truth
We’ve strayed far from the people we were created to be. Rather than being people led by hearts of compassion and generosity, we’ve become a society that is self-focused and blind to the need of others. Mobile communication is robbing us of face-to-face interaction and the comforting touch of human hands, and we haven’t even noticed!
We are wise to wake up to this call to attention. Although God is never the deliverer of the horrendous things of this world, He is in control of everything in it. Therefore, whatever takes place, good or bad, it does so because He allows.
We have so much opportunity to encourage our nation to once again be “one nation under God,” as our forefathers intended. As we gather in our homes, let’s fight this fight together in confident prayer because we know Jesus not only hears us, but He is with us. (Matt 18:20)
Lord, we ask you to bring us, your children together as one nation, united under one God, as one people with one purpose – to love God and love others the way You love us. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Sending peace, love, and prayers to all!