Good morning, Mamas! As our country faces a scary time, I am sure that you have seen posts like this:
I am happy that friends are diving into the gospel and looking for wisdom and for hope in the truest words ever written. Someone asked how people know this is what is going on right now? How do we know that repenting or drawing near to God would save our country from this virus?
My answer is pretty simple. I start by saying that I do not know, nor do I pretend to know the plans of God. I only trust them. I feel it is certain that our salvation spiritually was bought and paid for by Jesus’ death on the cross and that turning away from sin and drawing closer to God will always be the best things we can do as Christians.
We don’t know why this is happening and I don’t think we have to. Political parties are busy pointing fingers at one another and we are surrounded by endless conspiracy theories. Maybe bad stuff and scary stuff just happens. Maybe division is not helping us cope.
When I go through tough times, drawing nearer to God always serves me. When I am close to God people can see it. My attitude and my level of peace and acceptance is incredible. My fears are lessened and my anxiety is stilled. I never lose by seeking Him.
When I turn away from my wicked ways, I find joy. It brings me that much closer to God. So, should we seek God as though it would save the world? Sure! That level of hunger for Christ could be the greatest motivation in our walk with Him.
Should we turn away from sin as though it would cure this virus? Why not?! Imagine what a difference it could make in your relationship with your Creator. Imagine what a difference it could make to the people around you who are afraid. Imagine the kindness that would pour over this world. Imagine how God could use you if you were living without some of those sins that have been weighing you down and holding you back.
I don’t know if things are that simple. Not that those acts wouldn’t be hard or challenging, but the idea is pretty simple. We complicate them on our own when we need definitive answers and blueprints.
What I do know is that the world could certainly use less selfish sin and a lot more people who KNOW God. I’m not talking about quoting scripture from memory or singing every word perfectly to your favorite hymn, although those things are wonderful. I am talking about hearts that truly KNOW God.
Maybe this is God’s plan, maybe it isn’t. Now is the perfect time to tune in to God. There is less work. There are less plans. There are fewer places to be. The distractions are basically removed. We have the time.
What we do in our walks with God will show in our walks with everyone else. What we speak God to will be easier to get through. What we seek God in will reveal more of God to us. So, Mama, let’s turn away from sin and let’s seek God as though it would save the world. Let’s dive deeper into our faith as though it were the cure for the virus. Let’s be the antidote. Why not?
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.