April 17, 2020
Word of the day: 1 Do not be afraid or discouraged. Joshua 8:1 NLT
Let’s start with a word of prayer. Father, you are always good for us. I pray this morning, afternoon, or evening as we read that this will be encouraging instead of depressing. It is hard to talk difficult topics and trying to drive in the significant point behind it. I pray this will lead correctly with love, compassion, and sincerity. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
I pray this for a reason. Today’s verse may say, “not be afraid or discouraged,” but the talking points can be so tricky. Joshua was discouraged after his battle. God reminds him of this verse. Joshua took this advice wholeheartedly and went out to the field of battle and fought like no other. Here is my tricky talking point. We all have discouraging times. With this pandemic, it is impossible to think about how many people can be so discouraged. The epidemic took me back to the Spanish flu in 1918. It was similar to what we are going through right now. This flu attacked everyone, but mainly the age group 15-34 and had the highest death rate. There were no vaccines, no antibodies to attack. Those times were no different than what we are going through now. They had to stay at home, quarantine, social distance themselves. They went through this for two years. It eventually calmed down in December of 1920, according to the CDC website.
Just like Joshua, we do not know the discouragement people faced during those times. God is telling us all, not to be afraid or discouraged. During these times, God wants us to learn something. Confess your sins when God reveals them to you. Refocus on God when you fail and deal with that problem and then move on! These cycle of sin, repentance, and forgiveness is meant to strengthen us, and not make us weak. Use this pandemic to build your strength. Use this time of social distance to practice surrendering to God when you are most vulnerable. God protect us for a reason. Let’s not be bitter at what is going on.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. It can be hard to talk encouragement but throw in hard times to help get this through these difficult times. This pandemic set back a lot of people, and it’s not regular times. We are finding new ways to make a new normal until things get back to normal, and that is if it ever gets back to normal. I pray this can reach everyone with a sincere heart. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!