“A return to normalcy does not bring with it the end of your dependence upon God for the very breath you take.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 24, 2021
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5
I write these words early in the morning, watching the day slowly come to life out my front window. In the calm of this moment, I am reminded of how little I contribute to the rhythms of life that surround me, not to mention my own existence and sustenance. Yes, our Lord invites us to partner with him in bringing forth life and beauty in our world, yet this life does not originate with me, and it is impossible for me to sustain myself independent of the love and mercy of God.
We face a global moment in which the world longs for safety and security. After a brutal year of lockdowns and quarantines, social distancing and contact tracing, we are all eager to return to normalcy. But beyond a desire for indoor dining, live music, or sporting events, this moment has also alerted us to our own vulnerabilities and weaknesses, a truth that we spend most of our lives trying hard to ignore!
A return to normalcy does not bring with it the end of your dependence upon God for the very breath you take. Vaccines may protect you from a virus, yet they do not free you from the curse of sin and death. We still live in a world that longs for redemption, healing, and freedom, which is only found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He alone is the source of salvation and the hope that death does not and will never have the final word.
Do not let your desire to “get back to normal” keep you from looking ahead and longing for a world that is transformed by the power of God. While it is good and right to desire to be free from the suffering brought on by a global pandemic, we must set our hopes on the coming kingdom of God, looking to the day when every disease will be healed, every relationship restored, and every tear wiped away.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Father, as we hope in you for our immediate relief and healing, may we also look ahead to the day when you will set the entire world right and heal your creation, we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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