Tuesday, March 17, 2020

> Tuesday 03/17/20

Scripture Worth Noting:

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. - Luke 14:11

Thoughts Worth Considering:

We have been humbled. The Corona pandemic has occasioned many good lessons, bad lessons, acts of selfishness, acts of sacrifice and a whole lot of encouragement and good humor. There is one thought, however, which takes precedence.

A tiny bug, (thousands of which can occupy the point on a pin) has gained the attention of the entire human race. This was no nuclear bomb, meteorite, or super-volcano. It was a lowly, imperceptible bug.

We have been humbled and for good reason. In spite of the fact that pharma tells us we can harness the power within us and "go our own way," and in spite of the endless parade of human flesh flaunted by Hollywood, Wall Street, and Washington, all affirming our all-conquering human spirit - we have been brought to our knees by a mindless bug. We have been humbled. We are not nearly so beautiful, powerful, and dauntless as we fantasize. We are dust that rises up, like grass which soon burns away, and like wisps of vapor in the grand scheme of things.  

While we are in "time-out.. This social distancing calls for self-examination. God has placed us in our timeout corner to offer us an ideal opportunity for an attitude adjustment. God has used a tiny bug to teach a giant lesson. In the words of Job,

  Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. - Job 12:10.

It is not enough to call for a national day of prayer or to sing Amazing Grace. First, there must be a humbling of ourselves, a confession of our utter dependence on the living God and true repentance over our sin. Then, and only then, can we expect to hear from heaven. This repentance, of course, begins at the foot of the cross where we confess our true sinfulness and need of a Saviour who died to save us from our sin.  The Savior who humbled Himself for us (Philippians 2:8) calls us to humble ourselves before Him (1 Peter 5:6). 

Even if this pandemic should last a full 18 months, this too shall pass. Some will resume their march headlong in their flesh-flaunting ways while celebrating the greatness of the human spirit. But, there will be a few, precious few, who will heed the message and repent. For their sake alone, the suffering and sacrifice we are all called upon to share, will make this pandemic a good thing in the end.

A link for your personal study.  Why not take your mind off the current issues and focus on Christ? Consider going through our study from Colossians 1 on the preeminence of Christ. That always works!  Scroll down on our Recent Studies page.

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