“They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city. They wander about for food And growl if they are not satisfied. But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.”
Psalms 59:14-17 NASB
Revealer of souls
I have faced many trials in my nearly sixty years. I have known the joys and the heartache. I have seen my own family dwindle down to two and I see my own time slipping away. I have learned in these dark times, that who I am is revealed through the pressure of the moment. When things are good I can present my best face. I have a sense that I am able to control things. In the last two decades, I have seen my situation increasingly out of my control, and I must seek God.
This situation is a revealer of souls.
I would like to say that I have always been a pious and God looking servant in all situations I have faced. I would like to say that every word from my mouth was filled with Holy Spirit power. That would be a lie.
I have found myself filled with doubt on more than a few occasions and, I am ashamed to say, there have been times when eyes strayed from the One who truly controlled the situation. Stress brings out what is inside of me. In my earlier days, stress brought out the toxins that filled my heart. As the Lord has refined me, His love has replaced the fear, His goodness has replaced evil, and I my words reflect the grace of my Savior Jesus.
Our world is in the grips of a time of testing. We are all in a position where we can easily given into the temptation to take our eyes off God. David was in such a situation when he wrote the words in the passage above. Saul’s men were encamped around his home, laying in wait to kill him. He had great and imminent danger beyond his front door. Even in the mIdst of this, he had faith in the Lord.
I look outside, and I don’t see people waiting to kill me, but I do have a body with lowered defenses that cannot withstand the attack of an unknown and unseen virus. I must keep my attention on the things of God moment but moment.
I am saddened when I see the effect that this is happening amongst my people. This virus is truly a revealer of souls. Many that I know are either living in fear and clamoring for a more comprehensive clamp down on freedom of movement, or they want to open the doors and resume life as normal.
I understand both points of view. I also know of what has happened in countries where either is adopted. Economies are suffering where all life has been locked down, and many lives have been lost where they have sought to live life as usual. The UK tried to foster herd immunity and were staggered by the sudden death toll. The same thing happened in Sweden and the Netherlands.
The reality is there will be a downside regardless of what we do. The only sure thing is to look to the Lord. I choose each day to seek the One who knows the end from the beginning. He knows the number of my days and the frailty of my heart. I have faith. I live on the razor’s edge daily and I look to Him as my balancing point.
This is truly a fearsome time. Choose today to seek the Lord. I can say that I go through each day with a profound and deepening peace. I can truly say it is beyond understanding.
Remember, believers, He knows what you need. He loves you. Have confidence in that. He is a deliverer! He is beyond virus, beyond economic calamity and beyond death. Trust Him today!
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