COVID-19... A Blessing?

Psalms 46:10  He (God) says, be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

 

Over the past few weeks, we have all experienced something like never before. This experience has not discriminated against race, gender, rich, poor, or belief system. It has put the entire world in some sort of panic over making sure we have enough toilet paper, food, and cleaning supplies. It has caused some to work from home, others to work overtime, and some to lose their jobs. It has even caused families to be shut into their homes together. I don’t believe I have to name what “it” is, but just in case you didn’t know, “it” is COVID-19.

I must admit that I have, in some ways, panicked about the impact of COVID-19. I’m trying hard to shelter in place as much as possible, and to only leave my house for the essentials, to check-in at the church, or to take the occasional walk outside. I have been in the supermarket to buy essential items and to stock my refrigerator. I’ve taken the government’s warnings and suggestions seriously so that I can do my part in staying healthy, along with trying to keep others healthy. I admit that week one of this pandemic, I was in survival mode for my family, but as I sit back and look at how devastating this crisis is, I now see the blessing in the midst of all of it. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” (Psalms 94:19)

You’re probably asking, how can this be a blessing; after all, people are getting sick, dying, losing their jobs, and socially distancing from each other. I agree that all of these things are terrible and tragic, but despite all of that, if we look hard enough, we can see the blessings. People are more united in our nation. Families are spending more time together. People are caring for each other in extraordinary ways.

This is also a blessing because it's causing us all to be still. I know that we are struggling with the fact that we have to socially distance ourselves from friends and loved ones, but it also allows us to socially connect with and to hear from God. So many of us have socially distanced ourselves from God, and we have stopped listening to what He is trying to say. So, count this time of social distancing from the world and staying home as a time of being still to hear the will that God has for you. The Psalmist writes, “He (God) says, be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalms 46:10) Be still, and know God has a plan in all of this for you.

 

Read: Luke 22:39-46

Listen: “Be Still” by Hillsong  

Pray:  Lord, in this time of crisis, in the times of storms, I pray that Your will be done. As I socially distance myself from the world, may I grow closer to You. Help me, Lord, to be still, and to trust for Your will to be done in my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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