Thus says the Lord:
“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them,
Recently I’ve decided to read through the Old Testament prophets. I’ve been amazed at what has popped out at me.
Take this verse for example. Right now in 2020, the world is under the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly everywhere I look online, the new sites, social media sites, all seem to have a doomsday feeling. Early on, I started getting annoyed easily but it all. There didn’t, and doesn’t, seem to be much good news out there.
That’s why I have to force myself away from social media and back into God’s Word. It’s the place that I can get comfort, where I can get assurance that God is in control.
I look at this verse in Jeremiah 10. It speaks so true to what I’m feeling and going through. You may be feeling and going through the same too. You may be on many social media sites. You may just want to know what’s going on. You want things to go back to the way they were. I don’t know what the future holds, how normal things will be when this pandemic has passed or how soon it will. But what I do know is that God is in control.
He says in this verse to not get distracted by what is going on in this world. Will these things affect us? Most definitely! But we can rise higher. Looking at what is going on, we can easily get in the mentality that everything is disintegrating around us.
How do we get past this? Let’s look at a few verses:
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” 1 John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
And one more
Psalm 23:4 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.
I think it comes down to this: If we are filling our minds, our hearts with the presences of God, whether that is through reading your Bible, Christian authors, blogs, video sermons, video/phone chats with others from your church or a combination of these, then the terrors of the world won’t seem as significant or discouraging.
What is helping you in your relationship to God? What are some of your favorite verses helping you through this time?