March 18, 2020 – Wednesday
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
One more day away from writing on persecution, at least not directly. With all that is currently going on in the world I thought to share a few verses that bring me comfort in this time of confusion, fear, and panic. Those are the two verses above. While I have a number of verses I might fall on for guidance, these two are in the fore front of my mind and heart.
I have been asked about what a person should do as a Christian during this corona-19 outbreak. Bottom line is I don’t know. Why? Because I don’t know your specific circumstances and/or needs, but I trust that God Almighty does. If He knows the number of hairs on my head (and He does even as they decrease in number daily) then He knows my needs and my circumstances.
Some ask, should I do this or do that or do something else entirely? I would suggest the following, especially on the question of attending church, use common sense. What do I mean by that? Well if you are 65 or over and have any underlying health issues do not take the risk of exposing yourself to anything that could make your health worse. I make this suggestion as forty-six percent of deaths from corona-19 were reported among those aged 65 to 84 while thirty-four percent of deaths were reported among adults aged 85 and older. Additionally if you or someone else in your family has a cold or sinus infection or anything similar stay away from church or visiting anyone older who you could put at risk.
Still not sure on what you should or should not do? Pray and turn to scripture and let God guide you. If you are not sure what you are hearing is from God, the pray some more and turn to scripture once again. Or ask God to confirm what He is telling you via someone else. I do this on a regular basis asking God to confirm an idea is from Him by bringing it also to my wife. If it is confirmed via her, the I know it was from Him, otherwise it was just me.
Now consider our two verses for today Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Turn to God and trust in Him and let that trust be with all your heart. You know He loves you because He sent His son to pay the price for our sins so that we could go to heaven due to His Grace – our unmerited favor – and He will not stop loving anyone of us as long as we are doing are best to live as He wishes us to live. Make a mistake? He will forgive you, me, us.
Our God is an Awesome God and incredibly loving and merciful. Lean on Him, trust Him, lean not on your own understanding. That is the best advice I can give anyone, I can give no better.
Riley D. Driver-Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton