Times such as we are witnessing are good. Good in The Romans 8:28 sense that ALL THINGS come together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Fear is high, and heightened, both in the world and within the flock, and suspicion is high too as is obvious from the jokes that still travel around our industry via social media concerning this coronavirus.
I listened to a message from a Nashville church this past week where they were harshly criticizing people who were in doubt mode or getting caught up in conspiracy theories, and while I understand the concern, because theories aren’t before God, I also remember Thomas, who doubted because he did not see for himself, and despite what we learned in Sunday school, Jesus didn’t criticize or chastise his doubt, but instead held him to his own standard.
Is Doubting Ungodly?
You know Thomas didn’t have to put his fingers in the wounds on Jesus’ hands and in His side, because by that time, Thomas saw with his own eyes that the Lord was indeed risen, but Jesus, lovingly held Thomas to his word, as my wife does with me, to keep my word good. It’s all we have, our word… especially when our Word is Jesus.
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
It is important to point out that Jesus didn’t say, “Blessed Rather are those who have not seen…” but instead shares an equal reward in believing.
There is coming a time where we will be told that He is in the Desert and in a bunch of other places, and the Word instructs us that when we hear that to NOT believe it…so, in other words, to doubt the information.
This isn’t about doubting our savior but to doubt things we may or may not be told.
What Ifs Aren’t Worth It
I don’t want to get the coronavirus so I don’t doubt the information that is being told to us, but I also don’t want to get rid of what may be of the Holy Spirit, to have a natural instinct to INSPECT the package so I can be much more sure of its CONTENTS.
I do believe we can utilize times like this as a self-evaluation to INSPECT ourselves. Are we prepared, not only with goods or plans to make it through a time or times? But also, spiritually, are we ready for the times we are told are coming??
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.Formany will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’and will deceive many.And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these thingsmust come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will befamines,pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.All these arethe beginning of sorrows.”
Like the parable of the 10 bridesmaids or virgins, we see a time when SUDDENLY there is a change of circumstance and some are found ready and others not. Ultimately the end is not good for those who have the doors shut on them because they simply did not prepare and were unable to sustain the times.
Your Test Results Are In
In my own self-eval, I can say with great disappointment in myself that the stock of oil could have been at a higher level; that I could have been more prepared and waited on the Lord as He lovingly and patiently commands, asking in His patience that we give back to Him with a spirit-filled and Godly patience that says, yes Lord, I love you enough to wait on you, to be ready, in season and out of season, because by doing so I am able to thwart any thief that may come in the night with an attempt to steal, kill and destroy.
Thank you, God for giving us the time to regroup, to use this time like a fire drill, to find you now so that when it is the real deal and no longer a drill that we can dwell in the safety of your secret place.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He ismy refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
Andfrom the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be yourshield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Norof the arrow thatflies by day,
Norof the pestilence thatwalks in darkness,
Norof the destruction thatlays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
Butit shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who ismy refuge,
Eventhe Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In theirhands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will bewith him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.