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Is now the time for peace?

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What will be the weapons with which we defend our faith? Throughout history, Christians have taken up arms to protect the mandate to worship. Today, churches are being fined. Pastors our warned to not hold indoor services. So obviously now is the time for war, right?

I believe it is time to go to war. Though I don’t believe we need to shed any blood. Our war is not against humans we see (check out Ephesians 6:10-12). Our war is against our sinful desires, the false teaching that leads men and women from truth, and all that is unholy.

When it comes to mankind, we pursue peace. Jesus proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 ESV).

James wrote “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:17, 18 ESV).

These are only 2 of the many times believers are instructed to chase peace. If it was so important to God to tell us to be peacemaker, perhaps we ought to listen. Now is the time be at peace with those around us, so that we might boldly confront whatever is leading them from following the Prince of Peace.

I encourage you to put away the cacophony of voices that rile up dissension, wrath, and clamor. Listen to the wisdom from above and enjoy God’s perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).

Where is God during this pandemic?

How could God allow this to happen?

Where is God?

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Have you thought these questions? I have heard them uttered. I have read them as well. I even heard them in the tone of the guy in line outside of Home Depot Saturday.

The truth of scripture reminds me when I am anxious or afraid that God is right where He has always been. He is on His throne. Isaiah 6:1 “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” Exodus 24:10 “and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.” Revelation 5:1 “Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.”

The rule of God has never been lessened. He is in control. He is steering and guiding and controlling the virus to bring about His will! Glory to His name! Also, He is extending His manifold mercies and abundant grace throughout the world! How could He allow this to happen? Because He is bringing about the plan He has been working before the foundation of the earth. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

Where is God during this pandemic? He is on the throne! We can be confident in His direction, even when there is upheaval. We can rejoice that even if His hand of provision is taken away, He has not left us or forsaken us!

Remember the great words of Psalm 46:10 when, like me, you find yourself anxious. “”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”