Job And His Friends, Chromolithograph – From A Home Bible, 1870
Reading about Job a few days ago was kinda timely. Providential.
“Adversity so quickly exposes fault lines in human nature…without Christ, we are merely victims, but in Him we become victors. ”
Prayers of the Bible by Gordon J. Keddie
When Job was hit with calamity upon calamity, he didn’t respond with “Why me?” I don’t usually respond with “Why me?” either, but I do respond with “Woe is me”. I do respond with worry instead of trust.
The best verse I read was what Job said to his wife: “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” – Job 2:10
Yesterday I was reading Prayers of the Bible by Gordon J. Keddie and this verse from Nehemiah struck me as being applicable to our situation today in light of the coronavirus.
But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. – Nehemiah 4:9
The men in Nehemiah weren’t battling a disease, but I think the idea here can apply to our world right now. We need to pray and to keep on working. I read two articles this week that were written in this same vein. One was this article in which C.S. Lewis expressed his thoughts on the atomic bomb. Replace the bomb with coronavirus and it’s a lot of common sense, especially for Christians.
These words from Martin Luther are full of wisdom: ““I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.” You can read more HERE
“Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.” – Psalm 54:4
My husband got me a copy of Gordon J. Keddie’s Prayers of the Bible: 366 Devotionals to Encourage Your Prayer Life. Today I was struck by this verse. I thought of those in my life that God has sent to uphold me, to support , stand by and sustain me. Beginning with my mother, who though we didn’t always agree, she never left me. I think of Marshall Heath who supported Chuck spiritually and arranged for some financial support for us when we went off to Clearwater Christian College. During that time, Ann and Moose Wacker also gave us financial support and sent encouraging letters, one of which I came across recently that brought them back to my mind.
Years later, Chuck’s Aunt Amy did the same when we moved to Georgia. Her financial help was a reminder of her love for us and support of our ministry. So many others, too, have helped us and loved on us over the years. They have upheld our souls in prayers and in preaching. And God, our ultimate Helper, has allowed us to to the same for a few others along the way.