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It's Not the Virus, and It's Not the Media
by Jenny on March 19th, 2020

"Awake, O sleeper, rise up . . ." Ephesians 5:14

The world stands shaken. News of a highly-contagious virus invades our minds, our hearts, and our sleep. More contagious than the virus itself is the fear of catching it, or of running out of food or cleaning supplies, or of having our schedules changed. I have fears too. Fear is a natural response to an unknown or intimidating situation. But the virus isn't the problem, and it isn't the media either. Our fears simply reveal opportunities for us to transfer our trust, our hope, our worship from an object or desire that may fail to One who will never fail (Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT).

"Everything the Lord does is good." (Psalm 145:17, ERV) I don't understand everything the Lord does. Everything does not seem good to me. "Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!" (Romans 11:33, see also Proverbs 20:24, 25:2, Ecclesiastes 3:11b) My hope doesn't come from my ability to understand everything the Lord does. My hope lies in what I know about the character of God. If I don't know the character of God, I have little hope.

The character of God is too complex to explain in one blog post. The whole world cannot contain the goodness of God (1 Kings 8:27). But we can start with a glimpse.

Throughout the Old Testament, God allowed trouble and hardship to come upon His people, not solely as punishment, but in the form of discipline; to remind His people, to make them aware, to help His people wake up, to realize their need for Him.

Everything God does is good. God does not punish His children (Psalm 103:10, Isaiah 54:9). Jesus absorbed, or took on, the punishment for believers--those who believed in the past and those who would ever believe in the future--when He died on the cross. But God does test His children--even those yet to be His children. He does discipline His children, train His children, remind His children so that they will know their (our) need for Him (Hebrews 12:10).

Skeptics say God sounds narcissistic. Narcissism is "having an excessive interest in one's self" ( "Shall what is formed say to the One who formed it, 'You did not make me'? Can the pot say to the Potter, 'You know nothing'?" (Isaiah 29:16) When a human demands worship, it is narcissism. When a perfect God creates a perfect man who then chooses to turn away from his Creator, and the Creator makes a way for man to return to Him, and the Creator then reminds man of his need for Him . . . it is called love.

Louder than the news of the virus or of runs on toilet paper, the Lord is saying, "Return to Me." Do you hear Him? He has promised to be right there for us when we do. (Malachi 3:7)

God, we need You. We need to know You. We need to know that You will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). We need to know that You have decided every day of our lives, and every day of the lives of those we love, before even one of them came to pass (Psalm 139:14). We need to know that You have power over viruses, and over supply and demand (Psalm 24:1).  We need to know that while You may not do what we want You to do, You always do what is best (Psalm 145:17). Remind us, teach us of who You are, and all You promise and are able to do. 

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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