TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Good morning… How are y’all doing? Please know that I’m praying for you. Especially for those who are on the front lines of this. In our prayer group last night, my friend led a beautiful prayer for those in the healthcare industry (see link at the bottom if you’d like to join us).
I’ve had several people ask me how this is affecting me and I feel guilty (and thankful) to say—it really hasn’t yet. I work from home. The main difference is that I’m using my Zoom account a lot more. I’m not so arrogant to say it won’t affect me eventually… I am a small business that works with small businesses! But my main struggle has been with anxiety.
Last night, President Trump extended social distancing guidelines through April 30th. It’s an exercise of caution that I understand, but I also think—it’s going to be hard to continue to Shelter in Place even longer. While I’m a homebody, my 22-year-old is not. Even without the threat of coronavirus, I often want to nail his shoes to the floor and make him be still. He seems to think he HAS to go somewhere every day. On the positive, he lives with my mother and he’s very protective of her since she’s in the high-risk category due to her age (sorry, Mom—I’m not saying you’re old, but you are at higher risk! And I love you! You’re not old! MWAH!) Charlie is driving Mom nuts being so over-protective. Hopefully, he’ll take her for a drive today. She’s going stir crazy.
Today, let’s talk about Psalm 91. Our comfort in this should be that if we’ve given our lives to Jesus, He is our Shelter. Psalm 91:1-2 says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”
In the insecurity of our circumstances, I love that we have Jesus as our Shelter and our Fortress! Nothing we go through is a surprise to Him! When we put our trust in Him, we can trust Him with the outcome, even if the road we travel isn’t one we would have chosen. And I think I can safely say, none of us would have chosen this road or these circumstances.
Even if the worst-case scenario happens and we contract the virus, if we’ve given our lives to Christ, we know that we are safe in the arms of our Redeemer. Whatever hardships we face physically or financially is nothing compared to the security that can never be taken from us—the salvation that Jesus freely gives to anyone who accepts.
This morning, I really wanted to find some info about how coronavirus is impacting decisions for Christ. All the searches I did were focused on how churches are impacted… and I was running out of time. But I really believe that through this, we’re going to see a great revival for Jesus. I am praying that hearts will surrender to Him and prodigals will return to Him. I’m praying that through this, more and more will seek the unshakable security found in the Shelter of the Most High.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being our shelter and fortress. Thank Him that nothing can happen that He doesn’t allow to happen. Ask the Holy Spirit to use this situation to turn hearts to Jesus and to spark a great revival in the world.
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