Since many of us have had some time to be home this week, Scripture forces us to rethink what we do with our private time. Just because no one else can see what you’re doing, doesn’t mean God can’t. God knows your secrets. He knows the whole you, inside and out, and yet, God doesn’t immediately judge us. Despite all that exists within us, either good or not, God continues to love us as His own children.
I offer this reminder this morning, that as you go about your day and carry out your tasks, God is never far from you. God sees what you are going through. He knows your struggle and your pain. He knows. And because He knows, both what you are experiencing now and and what you will later on, He has already prepared the way. If you will follow Him, he has already prepared the path for you to travel. He has already equipped the you with the skills you will need to manage through the crisis to come. What you are going through now, though it is hard, is preparing you to help someone else later on, or to help you manage through a time when you will need such skills to bear the trial in the future.
Something that I’ve noticed in my own life is that God placed both my wife and I in healthcare. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, and I even mourned the fact I was no longer pastoring, but now I see that even in this, God has enabled me, and us, to deal with the crisis to come. Who knew we would have such a crisis as this, and yet here we are, dealing with it. God knew it was coming. God was preparing us long before we had any idea that anything like this coronavirus outbreak was coming. And in our little world of influence, God has given us and equipped us with all we need. May I add my praise to God for His marvelous foresight and foreknowledge.
Whatever you are facing today, I want to encourage you to praise the Lord, even in the midst of the trial, because He can see farther than you can. May you continue to follow the Lord and give Him praise, because He cares for you. Let us continually cast our cares, yes, but also our praise upon Him for His marvelous gifts.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me those trials that I hated at the time. Thank you for preparing me from long ago for the crisis I face at the present. Help me Father to see my present trials in the same way, that I might be prepared to help others in the midst of theirs. Thank You Jesus, Amen.