Devotional #2 - 3/18/2020
From Matt Cooper
Luke 12:25-26, Proverbs 27:12
It’s amazing how much different life looks now than it did a week ago. Things have been canceled left and right, schools have been closed, and coronavirus is all that anyone is talking about. If you’re like me, you’ve seen two main responses to the situation. Some are anxious and afraid, wondering what the future might hold. Others seem intent on downplaying the situation, determined to go on with their lives as if nothing is happening. And unsurprisingly, both sides seem intent on convincing the other that they’re right. So, which is the correct response? Which is the biblical response? I would argue neither.
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that,
why are you anxious about the rest?”
Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? What a sobering question. Isn’t it amazing to think about how fruitless all of our worrying is? If you find yourself freaking out, I want to lovingly remind you that God is in control, and is not surprised by any of this. We live in uncertain times, but we are not an uncertain people. Put your faith in our Unshakeable God. Trust in His goodness. Know that life might look different for a while, but we will get through this.
“The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.”
If you have found yourself treating “social distancing” as almost an assault on your confidence in God, I’d lovingly challenge you to consider Proverbs 27:12. The ones who see danger and go on anyway are called simple or foolish, depending on your translation, and they suffer for it. Wisdom and faith are not competing forces. Wisdom is an important Biblical principle, and this situation calls for it in spades. We know that those in your age group are at low risk when it comes to this virus, but consider how a love of neighbor should compel you to do your part to help stop the spread. You might not personally be at risk, but you could pass it on to someone who is.
In summary, I believe there is a tension that we as believers must live in, especially now. We are called to be cautious, but not anxious. Wise, but not afraid. Do your part to help stop the spread out of a love for neighbor, but don’t freak out. Life will look different for a while, but we will get through it.
Love you guys!