Lessons from the Pandemic (It is hard to be tranquil)
It is easy to get covid. It is hard not to spread it to others. It is easy to protest. It is hard to see another perspective. It is easy to go back to old ways. It is hard to change. It is easy to criticize. It is hard to receive criticism. It is easy to believe a lie you like. It is hard to accept truth you don’t like. It is easy to get anxious. It is hard to let it go. It is easy to see other’s mistakes. It is hard to see your own.
We all need help to do the hard things Jesus said, “My yoke is easy My burden is light.” It’s easy to say I want God’s help. But, it’s hard to give Him control.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23
Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary; Isaiah 8:12-14
Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7
Take a moment to be still before God and remember all that He has done and find rest.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
Some days I feel beaten down. But then I remember the battle, and who is with me in the fight, for my courage comes not from me.
As I face this day, I am thankful that I do not face it alone.
“The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:7
I can let the anxiety of life go, knowing God will be with me. Oh, how good it is to know the name Jesus (God saves) and Immanuel (God is with us). I can truly rejoice in Him, for He has saved me and goes with me forever.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Hasten, O God, to save me; O Lord, come quickly to help me. Psalm 70:1
The circumstances for this psalm must have been very dire. The psalmist needs help quickly for he is under attack and will soon lose his life.
May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; Psalm 70:2
Here the psalm takes a surprising turn.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “Let God be exalted!” Psalm 70:4
Always say: “Let God be exalted!” These are not as some magical words that will force God to intervene miraculously. These are words of worship that knock our troubles and circumstances out of preeminence in our life… and put God on the throne. Worship changes us, reassures us, moves our focus from what we are praying about to God.
The psalm ends with the troubles still bearing down.
Yet I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay. Psalm 70:5
What is different is the psalmist—“Let God be exalted” in me.
Hope gives us life today because it assures us of God’s goodness for our tomorrows.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, Hebrew 6:19
Our hope is this: Jesus Christ in us the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27
Anger robs me of enjoying the day.
It prevents me from loving those around me.
It leads to bitterness of spirit.
It keeps me in turmoil.
It puts me on edge ready to lash out.
It makes me ugly.
It shortens my life.
The bondage of anger is to strong I cannot walk away.
Forgiveness breaks the chains
Forgiveness leads to restoration
Forgiveness leads to peace.
Forgiveness allows me to love instead of hate
Forgiveness is what I need
Forgiveness makes me someone who can be loved
I need God’s forgiveness, so that I might forgive,