It is for such a time as this, that we must know, we can’t live this life here on earth without the Lord. (Well, we can but it’s not going to work out too good for us.) We need his mind regulating power to keep us from going crazy as we try to make sense of that which is going on around us. We need his, hold on a little while longer power, so that we won’t give up, so that we won’t let go of his unchanging, mighty and strong right hand. We need his patience, love and long-suffering, his wisdom and provision…to know…this too shall pass! We need the Lord!
2 Corinthians 4: 7-10
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
The treasure here speaks to our knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ. It’s a privilege to know of the power and authority of the living God, of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit. It is more so, in that we have been given the awesome opportunity to receive the Spirit of God, to be like-minded in Christ and to have as our faithful companion the Holy Spirit. They are our comforters, our advisers, our keepers and protectors, our wisdom and source of faith and hope.
All praises to God. It is not of any power or wisdom of our own that we are able to stand but it is by the might and authority of the Most High God. It is he who keeps us empowered and encouraged for such a time as this, a time where we despair for the lack of trust, faith and hope in God. It has become evident in our lives as the storms rage, the wind blows, the water freezes, the disease spreads, the money gets low. Today, all that we have come to believe in (our little gods) is failing us…money, material possessions, man, alcohol, drugs, lies, deceit…just to name a few. These things cannot produce heat in our homes nor food on our tables. They can’t transport us to heat nor food, nor have any control over the transporting of it to us. They can’t give us peace of mind nor stability of thought and emotion; as we watch the failing health of a love one, as they waste away before our very eyes…they can do nothing to amend this for us. What or who is it that can mend the broken hearted of the day? What or who is it that we are able to rely on? Who is it that is able to see us through?
It is now that we must seek one who is greater, who is able, more so one who loves and cares beyond measure. We need one who is with us no matter where we go. We need the one who delivers and the one who has overcome. We need the Most High God.
Though the snow falls, ice freezes, pipes burst, power fails, lack of money exist…you may not see him but he’s there. Though you may be physically alone, cold and lack enough to sustain you…you may not feel his presence or provision, but he is there. Though your heart has been hardened with the news and cares of the day…you may not be able to recognize his touch but he’s there. Though the day has come that your thoughts and dreams seem but a vapor, a mist…you may not be able to speak words of acknowledgement, but he’s there. For such a day as this…God is there.
The spirit of God will not remain in a dry place, in a place where hate and disobedience lives, a place of strife and conflict, confusion and shame. A place of condemnation and isolation. He will move and allow some things to come upon us but for a while.
Through it all we must remember: We have a Friend in Jesus. We shall survive. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (God is calling us to hope in this day and time.) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” We are called to not allow our present to distract us from our future. Yes, we are going through a difficult, painful, unprecedented, uncertain time. Yes. Yes. Yes. But we will not be taken nor shaken for we are NOT alone. We have Jesus and where Jesus is there is provision, hope and justice. We will not be enslaved by our circumstance for we will look beyond our current troubles; we will look unto the Lord our God. It is here that we live above and beyond, we look and hear above and beyond.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” In God, though things are tough…we now possess a liberty, a freedom that rises above our human understanding and situation. A freedom that allows us to seek beyond the apparent…one that opens our eyes so that we may be encouraged, empowered to move, to remember, to ponder on the things of God. It is a day that he’s calling each of us unto him. In all that we see, let us see God. In all that we hear, let us hear God. In all that we feel, let us recognize the touch and voice of God. Let us think on the supernatural authority of our true living God. What more do we need as we call on his mighty name…as we cry out to him in spirit and in truth…as we watch him move to heal our land?
We shall survive with a renewed appreciation of the simple pleasantries of everyday. I have come to realize it’s the simple flip of the switch, the turn of the key in the door, or the press of the button that brings comfort to us upon command. A warm home, a warmer meal and pleasing conversation upon one’s desire. Where is God? Where is our thanksgiving?
My hope is that we will find true everlasting comfort, assurance and hope in the one who ultimately controls, who holds…the flip, the turn, the button…the simple pleasantries…in his hand. Let us not forget.
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