Each night at bedtime my wife and I share a devotion from Mr & Mrs (Rob & Joanna Teigen, Christian Art Publishers) and a scripture from a devotional Bible before we pray together. Given what’s happening around the world with the corona virus, a recent devotion and passage was very timely. The first was taken from Exodus 14 where Moses is addressing the Israelite nation before crossing the Red Sea. They were in a no-win situation. A pissed off Pharaoh and his army coming at them and a sea blocking their escape. There was no way they could defeat the army, and no way to get across the sea. The people blamed their leader Moses for what happened and even said they would be better off as slaves in Egypt than to die in the wilderness. Moses replied “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.”
The second part, from the Couples’ Devotional Bible (Zondervan Publishing House), was based on Psalm 39 – a Psalm of King David. In verse 10 David cries out to God “Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blows of your hand. You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth — each man is but a breath.” The title of the devotion was “What’s the Hurry?” and the author, Paul A. Mickey, makes the point that we need to slow down, to take time for family, friends, our marriages, and it has to go beyond good intentions which are put on the shelf as soon as the next crisis blocks our path.
Many people today are wondering why this pandemic occurred and many are questioning God’s role in this. “Why would a loving God let this happen?” Many are looking to the government for a solution, and it will eventually come. But until then, how do we negotiate this new “normal” where people are told to shelter in place, or quarantined either by the government or self-imposed? Could there be a higher purpose behind this? I think so.
What is God speaking into your heart and soul today regarding fear, panic, even death? What do you need to release to Him today in order to find His peace? Spend some time there, and I’ll be back with more later.