Our theme for this month: “Life on this side of the cross”
Our Bible verse for today: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Draw close to Jesus”
One of the most frightening aspects of the COVID 19 virus is that it is invisible. You can’t see it and you don’t even know it’s there until it’s too late. The similarity to demonic activity is amazing. You can’t see demons either, and likewise you usually don’t realize the severity of their attack on you until it’s too late and you are already experiencing the results of it in your life.
When dealing with demons, even though we can’t see them, we take it on faith that they are there and we do the things the Bible tells us we must do in order to protect ourselves from them (Ephesians 6:10-18). The situation is similar for the coronavirus. We can’t see it either but it is there and we do have the instructions we need in order to be prepared to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We need to simply have faith and do our part.
The experts in infectious disease control, along with our government leaders who are all tracking the progress of this pandemic and who are paying close attention to the forecast models, tell us that the worst is yet to come. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re likely to see a dramatic spike in the number of infections and in the death rate. Therefore, a lot of people are living in fear.
In 1 Peter 5:6-7 the apostle Peter told us what to do about that. We’re battling a deadly invisible foe and we need the Lord’s help. We can’t see demons, but God can. Likewise, we can’t see the coronavirus, but God can. More than ever, this is a time for all of us to be on our knees in humble submission before the Lord, asking for His protection and trusting in His goodness and His grace. Peter assures us that if we will do that, we will find that we can cast those cares upon Him and then trust in His care and protection.
You don’t need to live in fear – fear of demons or fear of the coronavirus. I encourage you to humble yourself before the Lord. Draw near to Jesus and trust in His love for you and your loved ones. Ask Him to protect you and then trust in His goodness and grace. We’ll think more about this tomorrow.