Daily Devotional: Psalms 108:6-9
6 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. 7 God has spoken from his sanctuary: "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Succoth. 8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter. 9 Moab is my washbasin, upon Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph."
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay. 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
For the last 15 -20 years I have participated in an ongoing medial research program in which I get various questionnaires once or twice a year. Today I got one that was related to how the Covid-19 outbreak has affected my life in various ways. It dealt with physical, mental, emotional, financial and social areas.
One section had a list of questions that particularly hit me as a Christian. It asked if the virus had made me more anxious, depressed, afraid, isolated or lonely. Then it asked if I had someone to talk to about my problems, who could help me if I needed help or who could run errands for me if needed. When we as Christians are doing our part for each other, we should not have any of these because we are all a part of the same body, we are family and we take care of each other. But are we doing our part? Am I being there for those who need me?
Another way this struck me was that even when I am alone, I am not alone. Jesus is my brother and he is my friend. Jesus is always near when I need him and in him, I can find the help and solace needed, no matter what I face. But better than just someone to talk to, Jesus can actually do something about my problems! He is bigger than the COVID-19 virus. He can provide my needs, even when I cannot see a way out or how it can happen. Jesus is all the world to me, my all.
Heavenly Father increase my faith. Open my eyes to the opportunities you give me to help others, especially during this time that many are feeling lonely. Give me a willingness to help those who are struggling physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, or any other way. Give me courage to trust you in the midst of what is being called a pandemic. Keep this situation from weakening my faith but use it to make me stronger and more determined to serve you. Give your peace and comfort to those who are hurting. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.