For decades the enemy has been gaining strongholds across our nation as more and more of the knowledge of God is removed from schools, public places, and even our homes and many churches. We have come to rely on our jobs, 401k’s, government, and mostly ourselves when it comes to how we live our lives. I grew up in the “If it feels good, do it!” era of the 60s and 70s. God is placed on the back burner, slowly simmering, until a need arises that brings Him to the forefront. Then we approach Him like a magic lamp – rub on Him and demand our three wishes. In the first commandment, God says there will be no other gods before Him, but as we look at the world today, it’s certainly trying to put so many other things – gods – before Him.
Let me suggest that we look for the good that can come out of this pandemic. Families eating dinner together again, neighbors looking out for each other, and for most of us, time. What a precious commodity. In Psalm 39 King David says “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro. He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.”
Most of us have packed so much into our day that there was no room to just breathe and rest. We go from morning until night – always on the move – until we pass out from exhaustion. There’s no time for deep relationships, deep periods of reflection, and deep connections with our creator. We live in the “shallows” of life, content to play in the kiddie pool.
The COVID-19 virus has changed all that. We’re finding we have time, but now are not certain what to do with it. I saw a post recently that said “Now that I haven’t been able to watch sports, I noticed a woman sitting on my couch. I’m told it’s my wife. She seems nice.” Humorous, but for many maybe that’s not too far from reality. Our relationships get neglected in lieu of success at business, or our leisure time. What is most important in your life today? Does your calendar reflect that? What things have you found joy in doing that you didn’t have time for before? For me, it’s been more time for hiking and finishing up some projects around the house. More time for Bible study and prayer. What has it been for you?