Holy Week

8285A516-71BB-40BD-B74F-58F6F631B28C“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Holy Week

This week is the perfect time to self-reflect and ask yourself, “Am I aligned with God?” As the Coronavirus pandemic accelerates in our country, our lives seem to be out of our control. But, reality is that we never had control. Our only control is over our decisions, under whatever circumstances, that will ultimately lead to consequences. It has become our societal norm to always place the blame on someone or something else. With regards to your alignment with God, only you can choose and the consequences are eternal. In our culture, freedom of religion has been limited by a corrupt political system. Nevertheless, faith takes courage and resolve. Living in God’s Will has always bucked the worldly ways, but the rewards are beyond measure.

Courage

C94B92BB-8372-4A33-90A9-716D2CCA9042“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Courage

During a pandemic, it is natural to have fear. Most people fear suffering and death. God tells us not to fear numerous times in the Bible; yet, it is difficult for us to trust and obey. He does not tell us to not be concerned and take precautions. Watching the newsfeeds about how to manage this coronavirus demonstrates our lack of wisdom. Yes, we have so much knowledge and probably have all the right answers, but we lack the discernment in our materialistic culture to choose wisely. So fear erupts into panic and we react instead of being proactive. We have to be courageous and courage must be rooted in Faith and Hope.

Revival

EE703DA6-A70B-4272-BA49-2D250A8BC746“Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭18:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Revival

I just heard some people talking about how they cannot wait for this “thing” (pandemic) to be over and life to return to normal. While I hope that the devastation from this disease ends quickly, I pray that our world has a true revival, with lives changed forever, for good. Our priorities need to change and our behaviors need to change. This society has become dependent on the government, instead of being reliant on God, to a breaking point where those who work cannot support themselves, while be forced to help those who do not work. And many of us are being forced to support life choices of others that directly conflict with our beliefs. It took ten plagues for Pharaoh to listen and free the Israelites. Let’s listen to this ONE.

Priorities

4116C5AD-76DA-4B98-B580-D9E36912E7D1“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Priorities
This pandemic has shown us what is essential. As I read on social media how healthcare workers, truck drivers and food industry workers have trumped sports figures, actors, and other celebrities, I sense how we better understand our blessings. While all the entertainment and social activities augment our lives with much happiness, they are not critical to life itself. In my opinion, we need to realign ourselves with God and pursue His will. Only then will we experience everlasting joy.

International Prayer Day

3187C84B-5F12-445C-B880-7232906FA5E5“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

International Prayer Day

The Ides of March is a great day for international prayer. As the Coronavirus ravages lives around the world, it brings the importance of prayer to the forefront. We are reminded that we are totally reliant on God for this precious thing we call life, with which He has blessed us. Already the number of people praying and turning to God is encouraging, for we have become a people self-centered and hard hearted; and, our repentance and alignment with His will is long overdue. I believe this pandemic will change our perspective and I pray that our world will turn to God in prayer.

Panicdemic

697B1C34-990C-4DC3-8456-089C36EDCE31“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Never have I seen such fear and panic as we now have. While I understand the potential consequences of the coronavirus, I do not believe we are being instructed with honest information based on known facts. So our standard medical masks don’t help prevent the spread of this respiratory disease, but washing our hands does? I suspect it has more to do with costs and supply of masks. I totally understand and agree with hand washing, but I believe masks, though not perfect, can potentially help as well. Isolation imposed reactively will do little to prevent spread, in my opinion. We need some common sense imposed. I don’t witness much, if any, especially with the hoarding of toilet paper. I pray that this virus will awaken all the world to how much we need God.

Coronavirus goes Viral

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Obviously we have a new viral illness that has spread worldwide and brought many deaths. Trying to understand the threat, even as a physician, is difficult. No one knows what the ultimate consequences will be as it runs its course, but the deluge of information has invoked panic all over the world. Certainly coronavirus is a terrible threat, and precautionary measures must be taken, but there are so many illnesses threatening our world—mental illness, substance addiction, etc. There is Hope and we must keep our faith in Him.