October 2, 2020

Well, as the pandemic lingers on – and will probably be with us for months to come – I hope that you are taking advantage of this unique opportunity to go deeper in your walk with the Lord.  That is what trials do; this is why the Lord allows us to go through difficult times.  It is in times like these, that God exposes the sin in our hearts – the self-centeredness, the complacency,  the grumbling spirit, the lack of love for God and others, etc.  And of course, when He exposes these sinful attitudes and convicts us of our sin, we have the opportunity to confess these to Him and turn from them (repent).  This is how we get to know God better and develop a greater intimacy with Him.  This is how we grow in personal holiness.

Covid-19 has challenged all of us in a lot of different ways.  Certainly, no one enjoys living under the ominous cloud of this virus.  All of us are eager to put this pandemic behind us and get on with our lives.  But the reality is that it is here now and will be with us for the next little  while – so the question is, will we squander this opportunity to grow spiritually or will we make the most of this challenging time so that once the pandemic is history, our faith in the Lord is stronger and more vibrant than ever before?

If this is to happen, you will need to fight against spiritual lethargy – allowing yourself to become spiritually “blah” as you coast along until circumstances change and things get back to normal.     Coasting can be fun and relaxing if you’re riding a bike.  But coasting spiritually is a recipe for disaster.  When you coast you are not putting forth any effort to grow spiritually – to get with other believers, to read and study your Bible on a regular basis, to devote yourself to prayer, to serve others, etc.  In other words, you are simply giving in to the lusts of your flesh – feeding that sin nature which only weakens you spiritually.  Covid-19 has provided a lot of cover for people who want to do this.  Be careful that you don’t fall into this trap.  Purpose that, by God’s grace, you will grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ during this challenging time and you will emerge from this pandemic more in love with the Lord and committed to His work. 
 

2 Responses to “October 2, 2020”

  1. Bob and Ellen says:

    Soli Deo Gloria

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks, Tom

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