In a Room Without Toys
As I write this on Mar. 31, 2020, life has suddenly changed in many major ways. The coronavirus is all over every news outlet and is all the talk.
Some things that have changed in life are:
- Gina is homeschooling the kids. This is a BIG change.
- I used to travel extensively for my job, and now I work from home.
- We have not worshipped with our branch as we normally do.
Ever complained about your job? I have, and now I am thankful to still have a job and pray each and every day that it will last.
Ever complained about the church service going past an allotted time? I am guilty as well. Ever skip church to go to a sporting event?
Ever worshipped athletes, actors, fame?
The Bible tells us that our God is a jealous God: “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14). And it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am The Lord their God, and am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of my people.” (Mosiah 11:22)
Sister Gina, my bride, wrote the below:
"In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship. Maybe God said, 'You want to worship athletes? I will shut down the stadiums. You want to worship musicians? I will shut down the concert halls and theaters. You want to worship money? I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You don’t want to go to church? I will make it where you can’t go to church.'"
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:1)
How many times lately has the Lord given us warnings about distractions through the various dreams and visions of the saints? Too many. Sister Gina likened this to when a child misbehaves. We send them to their room and take their toys away. Well, is that what The Lord has done with us? We are now in our “rooms” with limited “toys.”
I will close with this:
First, God is sovereign. Nothing in this world (that He created) happens without Him allowing it.
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it. Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?" (Isaiah 45:7-9)
Second and last, the righteous need not fear: “The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies." (Psalm 41:2)
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