Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 20, 2020
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace. Hebrews 13:8-9
COVID-19 is changing our world, but it will not change our resolve to persevere in our pain by the strength that comes from trusting in the Lord’s unchanging love. COVID-19 is changing our healthcare system, but it will not change the sweet soul care from the Spirit in the harshest of times. COVID-19 is changing our economy, but it will not change God’s economy of generous giving when the needs are the greatest. COVID-19 will not change our hope in Christ!
Jesus does not change—He is truth, so in our changing world we can embrace the one who never changes and who holds us with His loving arms of grace and truth. Trustworthy. Like a good shepherd who cares for his sheep, especially when danger lurks or predators prey. Or a father’s calming love when fear is in full fury, or a mother’s compassion when pain strikes her offspring. Jesus Christ is the same as the day He saved and forgave us—when the peace of God flooded our soul. All hell can break loose around us, but heavenly trust brings a calm assurance within us. Trust the one who has never let us down, nor will ever let us down. Be secure in Christ’s unchanging love!
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life” (Psalm 143:8).
Has change or the threat of change diluted your faith in God? If so, shift your trust from an ever changing pandemic and rest in your never changing Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus spoke to nature during a fierce storm and calm descended onto the disciples in the boat, so the Holy Spirit still speaks today to call down peace into hearts broken but still believing in God. Inner resolve to persevere in prayer is strengthened by the grace of God. There is never a shortage of respirators of righteousness to help us inhale peace and love and exhale fear and anxiety. Swap complaining for empathy and concern for others. Become an answer to prayer.
Take a deep breath, turn off the noise, say a prayer for the medical professionals on the front lines with their lives on the line. Change is here and change is coming, but those who take to heart the unchanging truth of God are those who will adapt to good change and resist unhealthy change. A Spirit filled life responds in love and resists reacting in fear. Where faith resides fear of God comes into focus in loving worship. Unchanging Jesus is with you in these changing times.
“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. But you remain the same, and your years will never end” (Psalm 102:25-28).
Heavenly Father, keep my eyes of faith fixed on your unchanging son Jesus Christ, in His name, amen.
What change am I experiencing that I need to give over to God? Who do I know experiencing significant change, that I can be a calming voice of love?
Here is a helpful resource during these days of grief, sorrow and uncertainty: A Little Book of Comfort
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