Today is March 26, 2020. It’s my birthday. Something extraordinary happened this morning. God showed me just how close and real and in the middle of all this he is. I know he’s doing this same thing for Christians all over the world. He loves us so much!
For several weeks now, the virus has been eating up bigger and bigger chunks of our freedom, daily life, sanity, economy, and not least of all toilet paper.
Yesterday, my county went for the “stay at home order.” As a small private contractor, I live at the bottom of the economic chain with only a handful of clients. Yesterday, another one had to “let me go.” That leaves one small government contract – not enough to pay my mortgage, let alone the rest of it.
As the pandemic narrows our ability to socialize and move about, I’ve noticed something happening. The quality of my interactions, whether from a safe six feet or on the phone are getting better. People are getting real. We are sincerely waking up, not the phony political correct “woke.”
Well, not everyone will wake up, but everyone is hearing the call. God is serious about us. He wants us to get serious about him.
This morning, I opened my daily reader from Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries in Atlanta. It was Psalm 33. The tears quickly filled my eyes. That’s one I’ve gone to often over the years. I opened my old tattered study Bible, and out fell a precious note of encouragement written to me by my little brother in 2009. The note quoted Psalm 33.
As I read, it became clear that God was wishing me Happy Birthday with an encouragement written by King David so long ago, but very real and helpful today as we face down COVID 19 and the first serious Pandemic since 1918.
God is real and he’s so very close to you right now, if you’ll call to him.
1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
4 For the word of the Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the world revere him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.