June 05, 2020
Dr. Royce Baker
It is an understanding heart which applies heavenly perspectives to earthly situations. During these days of Covid19 lockdown we have experienced fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness and a gamut of other emotions. But God wants us to trust Him and look to Him for our help in these times of adversity. What has God provided for us from His Word? In Proverbs 2:1-12 we find the following encouragements to help us for a time such as this:
These weeks of stay-at-home have been days of spiritual enrichment, meditation on the goodness of God and on biblical truths and strengthening my worthy walk with the Lord (Ephesians 4:1). My front porch swing has been a special place to rest and spend times of refreshing and pondering on what God is doing for His kingdom – even through this “pandemic”.
God has shown us a glimpse of future things to come in the Book of Revelation. In Rev. 6:3-11 God tells us of terrible plagues of war (sword), hunger (famine), viruses (pestilence) and wild beasts on this earth in the days of judgment. These calamities will produce death on a scale never seen before in human history. What is happening today is minor to the upcoming death and hardships to be inflicted on this earth and mankind.
May this time of stay-at-home and social distancing cause us to seek God’s wisdom for our daily lives as we live in these turbulent days. “Be on guard so that your hearts will not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36). Believing in the imminent return of Christ, let us abide in Him so as “not to shrink away from Him in shame at His coming (1 John 2:28). Beloved, may we live in a manner that others will see our love for Christ and will be drawn to our precious Savior. Today is the day of salvation.
God alone gives biblical (heavenly) wisdom to establish healthy boundaries and guidelines for our daily lives. May our Heavenly Father encourage you as you walk worthy of being called child of God. Even so come Lord Jesus!