In these rapidly changing, and challenging times I’m sure we’ve all had them; days when we give into our fear, and despondency. Yesterday, we learned that our industry is coming to a standstill, like so many others. It’s hard to imagine what the world will look like when this global emergency comes to an end. Yesterday was not my finest day. I felt anxious and tense; and I ran into one disaster after another – including dinner. Sigh. So, last night as I lay in bed I reached out to God, just as I quoted from Lamentations yesterday; I cried out to him from the pit, and I fell asleep confident that he heard my cry.
This morning I was reading Roman 12 & 13. And I’m going to share a few verses with you that helped me.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:13. These were words I needed to hear. This was the verse I meditated on this morning.
And as provinces and states are shutting down and declaring states of emergency, I felt this verse to be helpful.
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1
I know I personally have railed against the increasingly stringent measure that are being put into place to keep us all safe. But reading this verse reminds me that I should instead be praying for “the authorities…God’s servants who gave their time to governing.” Romans 13:6
With everything that is happening it is so easy to lose sight of where I need to keep my focus. I want to go through today, and these next few weeks, and perhaps months, holding fast to this mantra; “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
God is good, and I KNOW that he will use this situation to his glory.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to reach out and I would be happy to pray for you.
God bless, stay safe and don’t forget to check out today’s reading from John.
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Thank-you so much for sharing…as these days pass us by and I see so much hurt around the world, I also see unity and people holding hands and praying, and caring for others. I just feel touched by an awesome God who is calling us to this revival of our spirits, of our love…our turning back to him. So I lift up each and every one of you, I don’t have to know you, I just know you were created by a God of love, who is calling us to unity and as your brother in Christ I’ll do just that… pray for your health, for your finances, for your family, for your friends, for the world because together we are one family in Christ our Lord. Amen
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Thank you so much, Tony! I pray the same for you and your family and those whom you love.