“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
For personal edification, mutual encouragement, and testimonial record, I have decided to journal each day during the Coronavirus Crisis.
As of today, March 16, life as we know it in the U.S. has been indefinitely interrupted. Entire states have shut down. Schools have closed. President Trump has declared a national state of emergency.
As I try to navigate this situation along with the rest of the world, the LORD keeps gently impressing upon me the same simple thoughts. First — Listen to Me. My word is truth. Second — you have the mind of Christ. Third — you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit.
As the LORD revealed to Isaiah, “my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” As God’s people, we must remember that only God knows the truth and only God ultimately can be trusted. Let God be true and every man a liar.
There is so much confusion and chaos and fear and hysteria being circulated and propagated right now that it is difficult to see through the lies and cut through the noise. There is only one way to rise above all the confusion — we must turn to God’s word like never before.
God is always working, watching, waiting, and fully in control. None of this has taken Him by surprise. He perfectly knows precisely what is happening. We had better look to Him and listen to Him before anyone and anything else.
Before reading the news, read the Bible. Before checking your social media pages, check in with God. Before sharing unreliable information, share the gospel. Before contributing to the fear, rest in the presence of the Prince of Peace.
Only when we can see this entire situation with God’s eyes, from His perspective, will we be able to know what is true and how to act in these last days.