CSR Daily Devotion

Where is God? That’s a question many may be asking themselves during this global tragedy. Last Sunday, my family and I watched the live sermon of Passion City Church and one of the greatest Pastors of this age answered that exact question. Louie Giglio founded the Passion Movement and his church is one of the largest in America, and with good reason. Listen to this message below. He eloquently answers the question of “Where is God?” in a time like this.

I hope you gave that sermon a listen. Pastor Giglio preaches a word of peace and reassurance. I know where God is. He’s right where He has always been. The problem is, this world, especially this country, did not give God a second thought until this crisis brought the world to a grinding halt. Most of America was consumed with only distractions of this world for the last ten years. We have poured our attention into worldly desires unlike any time before. We let technology separate us from the here and now of reality, spending hours upon hours binge watching mindless trash, even more time scrolling through social media looking at every one else’s lives, ignoring those around us for distant desires, and pushing ourselves as far from God as we can get. Then an invisible virus sweeps across the world, and only now are we asking where God is? Well God’s asking the world: “where have you been?”

Thomas Rhett just released a song called “Be a Light.” I would have never bothered to listen to it if it had not had two honest Christian artists attached to the track with Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin. I appreciate when an artist, who has rarely, if ever, put out a song hoping to point people back to God, uses their resources and talent to finally do so in the time of great tragedy. But I read some of the comments under the song and one person made the statement that shines a light on the true tragedy of our day and age. “This is exactly what the world needs to hear,” wrote one YouTube commentator. No, what the world needed to hear, what the world needed to listen to, is the thousands upon thousands of worship songs that have existed long before this crisis. What the world needs to hear is that the truth of the current crisis we are in has been written about for millenia and this crisis is no different than any other great event in the history of mankind. So far, this pandemic is nowhere near as bad as the one the world went through just 100 years ago, but it could get to that point. I published Common Sense Reborn at the end of last year and launched this blog at the beginning of the year in hopes to wake up America and bring this country back to God. I started this project too late. Whether God created COVID or if it is the devil’s work, I do not know. I just know that if this tragedy is not the moment you lean into God and find your savior in Jesus Christ, then there is no hope. If America doesn’t wake up in the midst of this tragedy, I know the next world-wide crisis will be our last. Don’t wait for someone like Thomas Rhett to be the first to point you to Jesus. Turn to Him today, come to where Jesus is. Lean into Him now like never before. And if you want to listen to music that “is exactly what the world needs to hear,” click on the image below.

APril 2

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1:14)

John continues his most famous introduction of Jesus Christ.  In the paragraph before this verse, John described Jesus coming into the world but the world not recognizing Him for who He is.  When you read verse 11 of chapter 1 you see that John says Jesus “came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him”(John 1:11).  John is referring to Jesus becoming flesh as a Jewish boy, being raised by an Earthly father of the lineage of King David, but the majority of the Jewish leaders would, obviously, never receive Jesus for who He is.  So John continues to describe that any who received Jesus, “to those who believed in His name, (Jesus) gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). With the Word of God becoming flesh and living among the world, Jesus opened the gate for all of mankind to earn entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.  As John states in the verses for today, Jesus came to Earth to show the glory of the one and only Son of God. Jesus came to Earth full of grace and truth.

This month we will see how Jesus is the truth and His endless grace provided anyone the opportunity to earn eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The Book of John is the last Gospel because John presents Jesus with unrivaled clarity and powerful prose. Matthew, Mark, and Luke served as great historians and captured many of Jesus’ teachings and actions, but no one tells the story of Jesus like John.  

Continue to pray for God to use this pandemic to open the eyes of the world and bring everyone’s focus back to God and allow them to fix their eyes on Jesus.  Maudy Thursday will be the day COVID stops spreading and Good Friday will see the first day of recovery. And Easter Sunday will be the day of resurrection for this country.  Pray this prayer with me every day.

Reading plan:  John 1:29-51

Deeper reading plan:  1 Kings 4, 5, 6

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for all medical personnel around the world, that God wraps them in heavenly protection to keep them healthy and keep their families protected.  Pray for protection for your loved ones and that God will continue to keep them safe and healthy. Pray for all those personally affected by COVID infections.

Fitness challenge:  we’re in month 4 of distance running day, so for April we are adding on another 7 minutes.  Go out and see how far you can go with 28 minutes of running!

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