Yesterday two former Co-workers reached out to me about the current crisis to see if I had any insight. They had received a very fearful text message claiming that someone had inside information from the Department of Homeland Security that the National Guard was about to be mobilized nationwide to force everyone to stay in their homes for 30-days. Initially, when I read the text, I felt fear and anxiety creeping up. But then I remembered who I am, a child of God who knows how to use common sense and remain calm in the storm. So I questioned who sent them those messages. By the end of the day, the Commanding General of the Georgia Army National Guard took time out of his busy schedule to personally rebuke this fake news narrative and share it on his social media pages.
We live in a dangerous age when false information can spread like wildfire. In this once-in-a-lifetime home quarantine, make sure the only news you are sharing is the Good News with your friends and family. Now is the time to turn fully to Jesus and ask Him to calm the storm.
March 20, 2020
24 The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25“Where is your faith?” He asked His disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” (Luke8:24-25)
There is a storm that has swept across the globe and I don’t have to name it for you to know what I am referring to. Yesterday I was reading about some of the worst plagues in the history of mankind and, as bad as COVID is right now, the numbers don’t even touch that of the lives lost in plagues such as the Black Death that decimated Europe in 1347. Still, COVID is causing the nation to be in an outright panic because we believe in all our advancements in medicine that mankind should not be victim to a virus. But we are, we have always been susceptible to our fragile mortality. And while there has never been a better time to turn to Jesus and beg Him to calm this storm, I doubt America will utilize this extra days in quarantine to spend time in prayer, reading the Bible, growing closer to God. No, instead, most of America will just watch endless hours of mindless entertainment, or scroll through social media until their thumbs cramp up from constant rotations of screen-scrolling. My son had a slight fever for a few hours yesterday and for almost an hour as I drove home I began to worry and wonder. But then I reminded myself whose child I am and whose child my son is. We are children of God, and I know my God will keep me safe through this storm. I have the confidence to let Jesus keep sleeping in the boat. In fact, I think I might lay down next to Jesus and tell everyone else that’s lost their minds and their faith to wake me when the storm’s over. Until then, I’ll be chilling with my Messiah, my Savior, the one I put all my faith in.
Reading plan: Luke 15
Deeper reading plan: 2 Samuel 4-6
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray for calm and faith to fill the hearts of every person on this planet.
Fitness challenge: 3 sets of our 7×14 challenge. This week, do nice, controlled, slow repititions:
1. Standard push-up 2. Sit-up or crunches
3. Air squats 4. Hand-release push-up
5. Leg lifts 6. Lunges (7-each leg)
7. 4-count flutter kicks