So, pastor friend, you’ve heard of churches reopening. You’ve seen social media posts from churches in other regions who are celebrating re-gatherings. You’ve been called on to sign petitions, resist, and “take a stand.”
How has God been faithful to you during the last eight weeks? Have you celebrated His faithfulness recently? Have you paused the noise (both external and internal) long enough to simply say “Thank you, Lord!”
Have you considered the layers of fear and stress that people are managing right now? How are you managing these four stress-factors in yourself? How are you leading, relating, or speaking to these stress-factors in others?
For ten years, Hezekiah lived under the threat of the Assyrian empire threatening to pillage the southern tribes of Judah. I bet he wondered “what is God doing?”
Have you lost interest in the gospel? Are you looking for “more interesting” or “more engaging” things to say? Don’t Christians need more than “just the gospel”?
I’ve spent a lot of time this week hearing from advisors, listening to our leaders, and considering the spiritual and practical implications of COVID-19 virus for our church, school, and ministry.
The pace of life in 2019 is faster than any human being can possibly sustain. We weren’t designed to process the vast volume of noise or to accomplish the incessant stream of activity and obligation that life offers up to us.
Sometimes God says, “go forward” and sometimes God says “stand still.” So, which does God want us to do? Stand still? Or go forward?
I confess—I keep regressing back into spiritual hysterics. It’s like a strange addiction. I have to work at waiting. Hysteria is a default setting—not like wildly out of control emotions, but more like frenetically working things out myself…
Following Jesus is sure to be a journey of unfolding surprises. He delights to delight! I continue to marvel at God’s providence and grace on this journey.