“Lead Me O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies: make thy way straight before my face” Psalm 5:8
David repeatedly demonstrated the benefit of prayer. Many of the Psalms offer the believer wonderful accounts of how prayer creates fellowship with our Lord. The discipline of prayer helps every believer to express his or her confidence into what God has promised. Our verse today shows humility and adoration to the Godhead. It emulates the words of an old hymn “have thine own way” that resonates in my heart. One can not express a more positive action than that of humility. Humility does not seek satisfaction in the eyes of others; but of the One whom we love (Matthew 18:4; 23:10-12).
“Then He brought him outside and said: ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him: so shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:5-6
Much of our nation has new guidelines to adhere due to the Covid 19 virus beginning today. Social distancing is strongly encouraged and many are sheltering in place within their homes. Churches are creating new platforms to keep its members informed and connected within the fellowship. Crisis abounds seemly everywhere. There are two mindsets which people are personifying. They either adhere to the nth degree or remain lackadaisical in wake of what is occurring. You can be confident that Satan is using the mind of people to create confusion. Satan always creates confusion.
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me in the day, when I call answer me speedily” Psalm 102 : 1-2
The news headlines are filled with stories of how the Covid 19 virus seems to be esculating. Governments at the national and state levels are implementing new requirements to combat the spread of this dieasa. Our economy is like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. Our world is in a state of shock and families are faced with new challenges to accomodate work, school and parenting schedules. There are some glimpses of good news of how small businesses and faith based groups are reaching out to those in need. What will be the outcome of all this? How will people interact socially moving forward? Does this panademic point to the end times? I have been posed all these questions and the answers are still unclear.
“We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.” Colossians 1:3
These words must have been reassuring words for the church at Colosse. The church has always excelled in troubling times. Today is no different than previous times of trials for people. Our Lord has equipped the church to be a motivating presence in all of life’s challenges. A key component to that motivating presence has always included prayer. Many people are evaluating their lives now and performing actions which causes humanity to recognize the priorities which should prevail. Within those thoughts is the working of the Holy Spirit; performing the work of preparing hearts to be receptive to the peace and joy found in the Gospel message.
Wow! These are some challenging times. Things seem to be more fluid nowadays more than ever. The current events of today have affected everyone to some degree or another. I believe that our approach to ministry will change due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Today’s blog will address what and where the believer can find comfort and peace amidst these ever changing times. What is an appropriate reaction for believers according to the Bible? Questions abound such as how can I find peace when the world seems to be crashing about us?