We’ve now entered our first full-week of “stay-at-home” for everyone in my family, minus myself, due to my occupation. My wife is doing an amazing job running a tight shift during the school day and keeping our 8-year-old busy and engaged in the right things, which is helping her little brother do the same at 3-years-old. One thing that has been a constant in our home and on my phone is the “Worship Now” playlist by Spotify. You can find it here:
I’m still having technical problems with my laptop, which is why I can’t easily link words like I have done in the past. All these posts are coming from my phone.
I pray that you all stay healthy and safe; that you have all the resources you need to see you through this storm. My prediction: God is going to bring the spread of COVID to a grinding halt on Good Friday, and then Easter Sunday will be the world’s resurrection day.
Click the video above to see the entire service from my home Church, Compassion Christian. Pastor Cam spoke a great word about fear and anxiety, which pairs nicely with our devotions for the next three days. Below is our worship SOD (song of the day).
22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?(Luke 12:22-26)
Today we are looking at the first of three coinciding parables where Jesus describes three different examples of how God cares for things of this world that have far little importance compared to the importance of mankind. I have always loved these verses. And considering the fear and panic that erupted across our country as people rushed to the stores to hoard up supplies, this is a good reminder for America. The raven neither reaps nor stores up supplies, yet God makes sure they always are fed. God values you much more than a raven. God will always provide everything you need to survive.
However, we live in a time when too many either do not know God or do not truly understand what it means to know God and Jesus. This might be the age of the greatest hypocrisy the world has ever seen. For the majority of those who stand up and say they are Christians, how many of those are still gripped with anxiety, fear, and absurdity through this storm? And we’re supposed to be the one’s showing the greatest strength in moments like this. This is our season to demonstrate what the Christian Faith is. We know how this story ends. Share your confidence, compassion, and love with the world with no restraints. Now, more than ever before, this is our calling, this is our mission. The world is waiting, God is watching.
Reading plan: Luke 19
Deeper reading plan: 2 Samuel 14,15
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray for confidence to properly share your faith in Jesus and your absolute trust in our Heavenly Father.
Fitness challenge: Get out, get some fresh air, and get some sprints in. Do a 1/2 mile warm up, then do 12×100 meter sprints. I know 12 seems like a lot, but we’ve only got one more week and then we’re going to knock the reps down and increase the distance.