For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2
With all that seems to be developing in the world with the novel COVID-19 Virus, I have caught myself captivated by the news and other media sources desiring to see what is happening next. Hour by hour and day by day we wait as the latest numbers on cases, deaths and business and travel restrictions come out.
As I wait in the space in between updates, my thoughts wander in a seemingly eerie silence. What comes to your minds as you “wait” in silence like this? This is an extreme example of course, with everything that is happening in the world right now. But think about all of the areas of our lives and days where we can catch ourselves waiting in some sort of silence. Maybe it’s the time between receiving news of an illness and the first meeting with the doctors? Maybe it is in between the job interview and the job offer? Or maybe it is in the space between hearing the Gospel and responding to it? Is it well with your soul as you wait?
I’ve found it edifying to reflect on the truth and peace that Psalm 62:1-2 offers in this period of silence. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s take this silence and focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable. As Paul writes, “if there is any excellence, anything worthy of praise, THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS.” Philippians 4:8
We who know Christ have eternal hope and we set our hope on things in heaven, not things of this world. Now, more than ever, let this truth wash over you. In times like this your faith will be tested. Your thoughts will wander, you may even doubt God’s goodness. But, because of the Holy Spirit that lives inside each one of us and unites us as the body of Christ, we must choose faith over fear. Our faith, given not earned, not only sanctifies us and strengthens us, but will be an encouragement to one another. Most importantly, our faith will be a testimony to those whose treasure is not in heaven and do not yet have eyes to see or ears to hear the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ!
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Your Spirt lead reasonableness and peace will be recognized by those who you are surrounded by during this time. Think about your family, your co-workers, your neighbors. DO NOT squander this opportunity. There is a great harvest available and God has a glorious purpose in the midst of a pandemic. He alone is your rock and your salvation, your fortress; you shall not be shaken. God bless.