“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.
This is a great time to encourage each other to do a “faith test”…if we worry (Ph 4:6-8), we are saying we don’t trust our Father. Like most of us (humans), I catch myself at times worrying and then realize I’m am basically showing Him that I doubt Him.
Don’t we all say we know He is fully in charge? So what gives?
He’s got this. He knows how this ends. We don’t. But we don’t need to guess-we need to trust.
“My ways are higher than your ways…” I totally accept that and from this day, March 16, on, I will pray and continue to commit to::
1. Listen to Him and remind myself His word is truth
2. Learn how to have the mind of Christ (I need to study more on what that means and how to do that) 3. I have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. That I know.
As a Christian, I’d love to say I have no fears or worries about this, but as a human, I still think about it and am constantly thinking about this. We need to use our Spiritual Gifts of wisdom and be smart about how we live our days, but what may happen to us and our loved ones, only God knows.
Do you trust Him with that?
Love you Doug! You are my brother forever. This is stretching my faith like never before and God is filling me with such peace. I can’t wait to see what He shows us next!