First of all, this is just my opinion, but I think we need to slow down. I believe that God slowed us down by having some of us shelter-in-place and some of us even quarantined. We have such busy lifestyles now, people working Saturdays, and even Sundays, which is supposed to be set aside for the Lord, a day of rest to glorify God. I think God slowed us down for a bit, telling us Don’t forget about me, don’t forget to put me first, don’t forget to worship me, and don’t forget to enjoy the beauty of the world that he (I) made. It reminds me of the song So Will I by Hillsong Worship, “And as You speak a hundred billion galaxies are born, in the vapor of Your breath the planets form.”
Exodus 20:8-11 ESV “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Mark 2:27 ESV “And he said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Those are just two passages about the Sabbath day in the Bible, there are many more. God wanted us to slow down, especially on the day of rest and I think we did for a while. I just hope we can learn from this and heed his warning.
Another point I want to make is that we need to turn back to God and put him first. Oftentimes we get caught up in our world. We need to put God first in everything we do. We need to make sure we don’t have false idols and that we are not worshipping anyone or anything but God. We just saw Kobe Bryant pass away and I saw many Facebook and Twitter posts of how people were distraught and I am sympathetic towards his family and friends. I tried to not get too distraught over his passing. I just hope we are not worshipping entertainers, actors, actresses and athletes.
I especially feel sorry for anyone that doesn’t know Jesus as their personal Savior. My prayer is that people that are lost, that they turn to Jesus in this time and accept him into their hearts and repent from their sins and ask to be forgiven to have everlasting life with him in Heaven.
And even all Christians, we are sinners and maybe we are getting caught up in our busy lives and may not be putting God first in our lives. We all need to repent, and ask God for forgiveness. We need to turn back to God and put him first, take time to pray and read our Bibles. In this time of social distancing, many Churches are turning to social media, and Facebook to put their Church services on, and their devotionals. We need to take time to watch them and worship God, to get back in the word of God.
Also this time has allowed us to spend more time with our family. We just got back from Germany on 20 March, and my family was quarantined for 14 days, with schools being closed there is more time to spend with family. While it was a good time, it did get stressful too, you have to get creative with things to do as well. It rained a lot here in Arkansas and we were not able to get outside much and some states have shelter-in-place in effect. I just hope we come out of this Corona virus stronger and that we learned something from it and that may be different for every person. For me I got to spend time with my family and slow down and was reminded to appreciate God’s beautiful work that he created. The beautiful mountains, creeks, rivers, lakes, and forest here in Arkansas. And how much I love and don’t want to take my family for granted and to remember to put God first in everything I do. I believe there is more work to do, there are more revivals to have, more Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames to have, more seeds to plant and more hearts for God to convict. God Bless you all.