Wednesday thoughts – July 1, 2020

One half of 2020 has quickly vanished. You and I have seen COVID-19 take its toll, unrest, civil disobedience, looting, killing, burning, and a general state of unrest. In the church, who would have ever given thought to wearing a mask, social distancing, cancelled services, church closing, live stream worship, parking lot worship, no embracing one another, dismissal by rows and no packing up the front porch. Oh, can you imagine having a worship service but not passing the offering plates. Now we ask people to place their tithes and offerings in a wooden box as they exit the building.

Oh, when will we see in America that which we knew seven months ago? Will things ever return to normal? Will millions of people be allowed to return to work? Will our restaurants be fully open? Will we ever be able to visit the sick in the hospital or nursing homes? I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I know the one who does.

The answers to our sickness, civil disobedience, and unrest is certainly not in the hands of man, but it is in the hands of God our creator. I challenge you to study Colossians 1:16-17. Let these verses be a reminder to you and me that God is our creator, and He is in charge of the future. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominion, or principalities or powers: All things were created by Him and for Him.” Verse 17 says, “And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”

In these times let us be reminded of Nahum 1:7, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” The Psalmist said it best in Psalm 121:1-2, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and earth.”

In closing, I encourage you to pray for yourself, others, and leaders of our country. God is our only source of help and strength in these dark days.