“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19
In a world where security is found in routines, change is frightening.
After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. Kings 19:12
In a world where we are used to constant noise, quiet feels foreign.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
In a world where being busy means you’re important, being still feels like you’re worthless.
Lay your cellphones down, and let your earthly crowns fall.
Take this time of social distancing, to break free from the chains of society. Stop focusing on the temporary, and the approval of man, and just sit still. In the quiet, search for the presence of our Heavenly Father. Only there will you find love, purpose and true approval. In a world that seems to be falling apart, it’s only there, in the quiet presence of the Lord, where you’ll find peace.
This is not the first pandemic, nor is this the first time the whole world was afraid.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Yes, this situation is frightening. Change alone is hard. Isolation can feel like torture for some, but you are not alone.
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6
Today, just like for King David, God is right there, ready for you to call on him! If you don’t already know the story from 1st Samuel chapters 29-30, things looked really bleak for King David. The families of David and his men were kidnapped. Fear, anger and despair cut their hearts deeply, and his men wanted to kill him. David trusted in the Lord, and the Lord gave them victory. David’s life was spared, and their families were restored.
No matter what your circumstance, that same strength, that same assurance, that same power, is available for you today.
So take this time of quiet to seek God, and ask for it.
Whether you’re cooped up in your home, feeling the sorrow of isolation; whether you’re in a hospital, feeling the stress of being overworked, while worrying supplies will run out; whether you’re on patrol, wondering if the next call to keep the peace, will make you sick; whether you’re a parent trying to gain the strength to comfort worried little hearts; whether you’re not getting paid, wondering how you’ll afford your bills, GOD IS THERE!
He hears your prayers, even the prayers said in silence, and wants to give you victory.
But you need to ask.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him that knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
So many people are afraid to bring their requests to God, or are too busy to pray. The ones who have learned to make time for the quiet and actively ask, seek and knock, know his miracles, and watch him meet their every need.
Whoever told you that God hates you, was wrong.
Whoever told you that God doesn’t have time for you, was wrong.
There has never been a better time to find out for yourself just how much God loves you, than right now.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
THAT’S how much God loves you!
Please make time to seek him in the quiet, today…