It is amazing and noteworthy how sidewalk manners are changing since the pandemic broke–at least in places where I walk. More than ever before, it appears it’s just now about people. People walking in opposite directions on the sidewalk act very deferentially as they approach each other and one another. Those with more space on their side often leave the sidewalk to create the needed space for social distancing. This is followed by acknowledgment–by waving hands in greeting, a raised fist, or a simple ‘hello’ said from a safe distance.
So, where was all this love and consideration for people prior to the coronavirus outbreak? They were always there but not put to real use. This makes us all human. But Jesus was and is always about people. If this is one lesson we learn from the pandemic, it is a good thing for the world and of course for people who live in the world, no matter how small a sample this might be at this point. It could very well become a trend in all facets of human life and should be encouraged. But unselfish love and consideration come from the truth of God’s Word, in a universal way. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”–FOR ALL! John 15:13. “You are my friends if you do what I command.” –John 15:14. It shouldn’t take a coronavirus pandemic, but the love of God and His truth to spread love and consideration all over the world.
He said, “It is finished!” Done! Mission accomplished! Now we have access to God as human beings never had prior to the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the same who tells us His own part of the deal is done.
What then are we waiting for who have not learned to trust in the Word, and who do not depend on it to live life on earth? Use it! It is available, because, “It is finished!” –John 19:28-30. And put all your cares on Him, because He cares! —1 Peter 5:7.
This is just another reminder that the corona virus is still around. In fact, it has now been declared a global pandemic by the Wold Health Organization. What that means is that it is now seen to be more widespread than previously thought. It also means it will likely get worse before it gets better.
Protect yourself and people around you from easy contact with the virus by following the advice of the professionals. *Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. *Avoid crowds. *Practice social distancing. *Sanitize surfaces. *Use hand sanitizer among otherthings
For those who pray.
While you pray for your community and loved ones to put a distance between you and the virus, it is important to follow the advice of the experts. The scourge will pass! PSALM 91:1-6, 9-10.
It was 7:30 AM, local time, and a Christian family got ready to leave home. The man would drive his two daughters to school, drop off his spouse at work, and then get himself to his own office for the day’s work. They never left home without saying a prayer. On the day in question, that was not the case, because they were literally running out of doors as they realized that being late to school and to work for that day was hardly avoidable. As they got into the car however, the man said, “We shall take just a minute to say a prayer before starting out.” They did just that. It turned out that the one minute they spent praying in the car was the exact same amount of time it took for the man to avoid a dangerous riot happening in the volatile community where his office was located. Many cars were smashed and people got hurt but he was able to make it out safely.
“Pray without ceasing.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are admonished to pray continually. But somebody once asked how it is possible to pray without ceasing. To start with, any time, every time is a right time to pray, because the Spirit of God moves and leads prayer once we are indwelt by the Spirit. In other words, the Spirit teaches us to pray. But somebody may say, ‘I don’t have the time to pray.’ That is because you are thinking of a specific position–like kneeling, clasping the hands with head bowed, or some other pious behavior. Know this however, that Prayer has no locationand has no specific position. Prayer is bringing God with you wherever you go; it is an attitude of heart. Prayer is faith expressed, a commitment to God which affirms that you understand that He hears you. Prayer is communication with God. It can be done silently–1 Samuel 1:9-17–and can be said in a room filled with a thousand people and yet no one feels disturbed.
The testimony used above of a praying family is just one of many examples. And one may ask at what point God answered their prayer. This family does not depend on what is happening outside in order to pray, although prayer will also take that into account. Rather, they pray regardless of circumstance, including when things are looking up, in what then may be called a prayer of thanksgiving just like the one they said in the morning before they left home.
Whether somebody just started praying because of a scare like the coronavirus for example, or because of some other serious matter, it is okay. Just remember that there is hardly any expertise in speaking to God. He will respond to all who faithfully seek Him. But you must acknowledge Him in all your ways. A faithful prayer-life needs persistence, commitment, and a constancy of confession. It all starts with the Spirit of God. The indwelling by the Spirit is not often automatic, and the believer may need to seek God diligently for it to happen (Acts 10:1-48, 19:1-7), as this marks the beginning of real spiritual growth.
While we were away, the clocks did not stop, and time did not come to a standstill. The hustle and bustle of life went on as usual, as if it did not matter what is happening in one’s own life. And yet we all grew a few weeks older, perhaps three weeks older from the last time we read from this blog. It is all a pleasure when we have or think we have something important to communicate and have the time and space to do so. Yet it is not what or how we communicate that is most important, it is the intent and what we hope to achieve that come first. For example, when I started blogging thirteen years ago, and in my websites earlier, the message was that this is done to inform all of what God is speaking to our world today, in the End-time Move of God. That message has not changed.
But imagine that you have been away–out of sight and out of view as it may seem, not for three weeks, not for four weeks, but for twenty-five years. Would anything have happened in your life in twenty-five years that you would like to share? Most likely yes!
Time Is the Difference
Time is the difference between the middle-aged woman and the two happy friends, and indeed in each of their life stories. But time is an asset granted by God for the fulfillment of human desires on earth which themselves must fulfill God’s purposes. So if anyone is thinking that time is just there waiting for when we are ready to do something , anything, or just to fulfill an ambition, then think of The Rich Young Ruler, Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, and The Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:16-21. Life is fleeting and no one and nothing has been able to guarantee it, except the Creator.
So while we were all away, we should have learned a little more, matured a little more, and gained a little more wisdom. And since wisdom is not always tied to age, it doesn’t matter what set us apart in the first place. Whether we were away and apart from each other and from one another by physical separation, by mental calculation, or from an emotional place, it matters now where and how we stand. You may even have been away to enjoy a well-deserved holiday, or sequestered for a reason. It matters now what we have to share, the wisdom we now bring to the table–wisdom to build.