Psalm 28 Everyone wants to be heard. At times, everyone needs to be helped. In challenging circumstances, it can seem as though God has turned a deaf ear to our prayers. It can seem as though our words are like chaff—utterly useless. The writers of various Psalms...
Day 5 | Psalm 62 The COVID-19 coronavirus does not discriminate. It moves impartially through households, cities, states, and countries. Its malevolent intentions are not strategic. It wreaks havoc throughout the world without prejudice. Neither race nor riches...
Many of us have experienced the shame that misplaced trust can bring. I once sat on my mother-in-law’s wicker chair trusting that it would hold me up. It did not. My family (not my MIL, obviously) found much humor in the fact that I thought the delicate chair could actually hold my weight. Where we place our trust matters for we do not want to be disgraced. Psalm 25 reminds us to place our trust in the LORD for He will not let that happen.
Not every specific suffering should be traced and tied to a specific sin in a person’s life. If you contract the coronavirus, do not draw the conclusion that God is punishing you for a particular transgression.
A crisis can recalibrate the soul by drawing our prayers and praises Godward. A recalibrated faith in Yahweh contrasts with those who take another god. Their sorrows multiply as they find themselves forsaken in times of need. Yet, solace for our sorrows will be found as we exercise faith in the faithfulness of God.
As we take refuge from the unfolding outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, let us not just take refuge in our homes. Let us take refuge in our God. He is a helper who is always found in times of trouble. No one who seeks Him is turned away. For there is always room in Him. His soul-enriching resources never run dry. Therefore, we have no enduring reason to be afraid.
When I pray for my kids, I pray not only for God to save them from their sins, but for God to save them from my own. As their father, my influence carries more weight in their lives than anyone else’s—that is, perhaps, besides mom’s, of course. Nevertheless, as their father, how I interact with my kids will shape how they perceive and respond to the Fatherhood of God.
A Christian’s response to the demonstrations in Charlottesville needs no nuance. So, I’ll be brief. As one who embraces the gospel of Jesus Christ and serves as a pastor of The Hallows Church, I believe that the demonstrations currently taking place in Charlottesville grieve God and arouse His righteous indignation.
Grumbling and complaining cast shade on the brightness of the gospel in our lives. Such an attitude discloses a lack of humility and trust in the sovereign grace and goodness of God. Moreover, grumbling and complaining hinder us from living into our identity as children of God and from executing effectively our ability to shine as lights in the world (Mt. 6:14-16; Jn.8:12).
In the gospel, Jesus died to turn God’s enemies into His friends: “While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10). Jesus also commands us who benefit from His death and resurrection to go and love likewise.