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And David inquired of the Lord , “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.1 Samuel 30:8 ESV
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.Psalm 145:18 ESV
About two weeks ago, the government here in Barbados began prohibiting gatherings of more than 25 persons to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since we could no longer attend church, my worship team created a schedule where each of us, in turn, would send a word of encouragement to our Whatsapp group.
This week, as a 24-hour curfew was announced with only two days’ notice, I became preoccupied with getting groceries for an elderly relative and making sure that my own family had enough to ride us through.
I struggled to find the focus to write or even think of how I would encourage my time when my turn came. So as I went to bed the night before it was my turn, I asked the Lord to tell me what He wanted me to say to them. I want to share what He said with you, for your own encouragement.
COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in many ways. Our children are out of school, many of us are home from work or working from home, and it’s definitely not church as usual as we watch weekly services via live stream.
But there is a stillness. A stillness that God wants us to take advantage of. As I asked Him what He wanted me to say, He said, “I want them to do exactly what you’re doing now, enquire of me.”
Basically, He wants us to bring every thought, fear, concern, worry and past promise to Him. He wants us to say, “Lord, what are you doing right now? What is the purpose of this virus that ravaging the earth? What part do I have to play in this now and after it is over? What is it you want me to know?”
I know that when we stress we tend not to pray. I heard someone on the radio say that if you’re stressing yourself and worrying, you can’t pray. But that’s really not true.
Praying is simply talking to God. It’s not like He doesn’t already know that you’re stressed and worried. If you’re stressed and worried, tell Him you’re stressed and worried.
If you have concerns for yourself or family during this trying time, tell Him. If the devil is whispering in your ears and messing with your mind tell Him. If fear is rising up in you, remind Your Father of every promise He’s ever made to you because His promises are yea and amen!
Whatever is on your heart, He wants you to tell Him about it. By telling Him you’re saying to Him, “I’m looking to you for my solution”. He’s your daddy. He’ll either fix it or give you the strategy to fix it.
So use this worldwide “quiet” time, when everything that distracts us has been put on pause, to draw closer. It’s what He wants from you more than anything else during this time.