It's March 2020 and the world in on lockdown for COVID-19.
Please pray for those infected with the coronavirus, for their families, for those who have lost loved ones, for the medical staff working to save their lives, for those who cannot pay rent, for those without food, pray for those who have lost their jobs, for the world leaders and leaders of our nation that God gives them wisdom, for the children who don't have lunch because they aren't at school, for the elderly, for those stuck in a home with an abusive parent, family member, spouse, or partner, and pray for those without access to medical care. Please keep everyone safe by staying home and respecting the quarantine guidelines from the CDC, your state, and the government. Remember to check in on your elderly neighbors, friends with anxiety, friends with financial struggles, and if you can, donate funds to a local food bank. If you have extra supplies like toilet paper, canned goods, paper towels, disinfectant supplies, etc. please share them with those around you in need.
COVID-19: GOD'S CALLING IN QUARANTINE PART 3
IN PART three OF THIS THREE PART DEVOTIONAL SERIES, WE will identify practical steps, to take every day, to help us abide with God, prepare to do God's work, and align with God's calling for our lives. this time in quarantine can be spent with God and used for seeking his direction.
What exactly is God calling you to? What's His direction for your life? What is God's will for you? What exactly is He using this to prepare you for? What is He doing in you and going to use you for?
I wish we could all get bullet pointed outlines with footnotes from God on this topic, but I cannot tell you one point on the outline of your life of what He's going to do. God has all the plans, specifics, and details laid out for your life, and He has since the beginning of time.
I do know that there is a spiritual battle being waged and Satan is always working against God's people doing God's will and sharing the gospel. I know that Satan would love to paralyze us in our fear and lead us to believe that there's no use trying right now, our plans are cancelled, our ministry is over, and all we can do is wait, watch, and worry. I know that Satan wants us to believe there's no hope. I know Satan would love for us to waste this precious time where we can have time alone with God, doing what He wants us to do, seeking His direction. And while I can't tell you what all God's exact plans are for you, God's word gives us direction and instruction, and through those things we can find wisdom and hear from God about His perfect will for our lives. The world is on lockdown, so for now, holding ministry events, showing up at Church, going to Bible study, having ministry training, leading children's church: it's all on hold. While you can't do those things today, you're time is not in vain. Here's what I can tell you to do right now with absolute certainty, because of God's clear instructions:
ask God for wisdom
Study the Bible
God's Word is living, active, and powerful. [In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God and says that the sword is God's Word] The Bible has the power to change hearts and give us godly wisdom and direction.
Produce good fruit
In John 15, Jesus uses the analogy that He is the Vine, God is the Vine-dresser/Gardener, and we, the Body of Christ, are the branches. He uses this analogy to explain that unless we are abiding in Jesus and doing work for Him and through Him, we can't do His work. Abide means "accept or act in accordance with".
The world right now is very scary, uncertain, and overwhelming. While the enemy may lead you to believe that there is no hope or may try to leave you paralyzed in fear, hold tight to God's promises and rest knowing our God does not call us to live in fear but instead He gives us power and freedom through His Son Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:7 "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
Be encouraged by the hope we have secured in Jesus. Don't waste any time; not in quarantine, not amidst COVID-19, not when your calling seems over, because it's not. Pray, read your Bible, spend time with God, seek His direction for your life, abide with Him, use this time to produce good fruit.
Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
day three reflections
In this short series we have briefly covered a lot of area: "we asked why do bad things happen to us?" and "How does God use our pain?" We looked at how we can use our time, in whatever circumstance, to be fruitful and seek God's will.