8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 CSB)
The world is a tulmultious and ever changing place. We go from day to day and seeming there is no end to the changes we encounter. The only true constant is change.
However, in a world of change we have a savior who never changes. We can rest assured that His promises will never fade or change with time. In fact they are the only absolute we encounter.
As each of us deal with the changes we are facing, especially today, know that Christ is our ever stable Rock. We can rest in His promices and his presence.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 CSB)
Now, more than ever, is a time for your light to be shining on a dark earth. We each can be a beacon of hope in dark times. Opening our hearts and showing God’s love to one another.
Now is not a time to hide our light, to slink away in fear. But a time for our faith to shine out more than ever against the darkness.
Now is a time for each of us to provide a shining example of what a life of faith really means. And most of all it means that we are Christ light to those living in darkness, so that we might guide their feat to the path of peace.
17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God,[a] who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share, 19 storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19 CSB)
Now is the time for us to each look within our storehouses and determine what we might provide to others.
As a nation we need now more than ever before to reach a helping hand out to one another. If you are wealthy there are ways to use that wealth to enrich others lives. If you are not wealthy, but have skills that could provide help to others, now is the time to offer them.
Each of us has been given a spiritual gift. In our spare time we must use these gifts not only for ourselves but for others so they might find comfort and solace.
Ask yourself today what you might do for another. Help one person today. That is really all it takes. If each of us helps one person per day, think of how we will all get through this better than we were before.
1 The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 CSB)
It is great to feel protected. This might be especially true for you today.
When we are young we may seek a shadowy place to hide when we feel afraid. There is comfort in the shade on a hot day. But the shadow of the Almighty is something we can dwell in and not just take momentary shelter under.
Our life should be a dwelling in the shadow of the Almighty. In this way we know that no matter what we are protected in every step of our journey.
Can you imagine facing these uncertain times without the one called Almighty for a good reason.
Today, just read the Shepherd’s prayer and let it sink deeply into your heart and mind. Allow it to bring peace that spreads out within you.
The Good Shepherd (Psalm 23)
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have what I need.
2 He lets me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He renews my life;
he leads me along the right paths[a]
for his name’s sake.
4 Even when I go through the darkest valley,[b]
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in[c] the house of the Lord
as long as I live.
25 Can any of you add one moment to his life span[a] by worrying? (Luke 12:25 CSB)
Look, all of us worry. And worry can take on a life of its own. Worry creates its own narrative and then anxiety kicks in and compounds the story into an epic novel of hardship.
The question becomes how much you give into your worry. It truly can be the novel I noted above or it can simply be a niggling and nagging doubt that will not leave you alone.
All of our preparation cannot account for every scenario. None of us expected to be where we are right this moment. But take the next moment and consider this – we are given the moment we live in. We are not guaranteed anything more. We cannot add one moment to our lives by worrying.
This is not to say we do not plan. But we too can get hung up in the planning and then when plans do not work out we can get hung up with regret and remorse.
We have one moment. This moment. And we have a choice on how we live it. Think about all the moments you gave up to worry and how they effected this moment.
One moment – how will you live it?
15 … I will be satisfied with your presence. (Psalm 17:15b)
Right now there may be little in our world that brings satisfaction. As we all work through this unpresidented time where we may feel very alone, there is a presence we can feel very satisfied with. In the knowing that the Spirit within is with us every step of this journey.
Thus, do not let dispare, loneliness, or fear grip you in your isolation. We have a God to run to, especially in times like these. Do not think you are going through this alone.
Take the time to also reach out to beloved brothers or sisters in the faith. In this time of isolation we too have unpresidented ability to communicate. But our first communication should be to God in prayer.