“Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, and said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”
Joshua 2:8-11 NASB
I saw a picture of a section in a store this morning as I scrolled through social media. It was a section normally filled with bibles. It was all but empty as many had bought all that they could. This time is unprecedented, as the entire world has come to a full stop. People are gripped with fear at what may come. They are also asking questions. Suddenly the idea of a most Holy and Mighty God is feasible, even to the most doubtful heart.
We all have a sense of eternity, the idea that there is something beyond this life. With that, there is also a sense that there is a “higher power” or Creator behind the scenes, guiding every aspect of this situation. People are clinging to the One they perceive is beyond the fear, beyond the headlines, and ahead of the progression of any virus.
We are the witnesses.
The people of the promised land had heard of this great God that freed the children of Israel and defeated enemies. Their hearts melted with in them. Today the Lord has given us a opportunity to show the same powerful God who is going before us. He will give victory over fear and doubt and uncertainty.
God has given us a golden opportunity to share the Gospel with a world gripped by fear and swept off balance by uncertainty. The Church, once limited to buildings of brick and stone, wood and steel, is now free to roam the internet.
People have access as never before. Gone is the apprehension one might feel when daring to go to church for the first time. Just click the link and sit in the privacy and emotional safety of your livingroom, your car, or anywhere else one might watch.
We also have a golden opportunity as witnesses. I am greatly encouraged by what I am reading in social media as we in the Body of Christ are representing whose we are with passion. We are emitting an alluring aroma for a fearful population that is desperate for something sure to hang onto.
This is great time to reach to those we know who have not tasted such a great salvation in which we have feasted on and are filled. We are also being watched by those who may be considering Jesus.
I am leaning on Jesus each and every day as I walk through this moment. I keep my eyes on Him as I step into the tumultuous sea, fully aware of all the spectators considering eternity, perhaps for the first time in their lives. What comes from my mind and onto their screens must reflect my abundant love for my Savior and my total abiding in His finished work on the cross.
My peace is coming from Him.
As we live life in quarantine, let’s be the Church! I would rather gaze on the glory of Jesus, than fix my gaze on the troubles of this world. I can’t fix anything going on in life right now or the government’s handling of the crisis, but I can seek the One who can.
Now is the time to pray, the time to worship, the time to look upon Jesus with a steady, ever constant gaze.
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