The tragedy of living life without the LORD is the waste, the missed opportunities, and the judgement. Let’s not go there.
22 The evil deeds [deeds done with no regard to God or His plans or commands] of the wicked [those who ignore the commands of God] ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast. 23 For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly [poor decisions].
These people may be good folks, but they are NOT interested in following God. Many of them are our own family members. There are three things that we can do for them:
- Pray, pray some more, and keep on praying. Pray alone; pray with others. Continue to intercede for them, lifting them up to the LORD. Ask and keep on asking. Be faithful in prayer. Pray for conviction of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
- Live the faithful life in front of them. We are on display as Christ’s trophies of grace (2 Corinthians 2:14 AMP). Ask God to guide us whenever they are around and whenever we have dealings with them. Pray for conviction of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
- Ask the LORD to prompt us to send notes, cards, texts, songs, YouTube videos, Facebook posts, etc. that are encouraging and insightful. Pray for conviction of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
This time in America is fraught with fear. If COVID-19 doesn’t cause a recession, the nation’s reaction to our leaders’ reactions WILL! The world will want everything to go back like it was. CHRISTIANS SHOULDN’T. Our country was sliding down the slippery slope of complacency–NOT ANYMORE! Let us pray that God would send REVIVAL during this down time. May people be urged to “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6.
As followers of Christ, this crisis is a wake-up call for us to be attentive, to reorient our lives to Him and His Word, and to be lights during this dark time. Instead of being full of fear and doom, let’s be full of faith and hope. Let’s set our sights on what is coming (Christ’s Kingdom) and not on what is happening.
Are we doing all we can? Are we doing all He has asked us to do? Then, that’s enough. Rest. Then, pray some more. Enjoy that sweet fellowship with the Father.
Abba, as we meet together separately today, may we focus on You and what You have for us. You want to meet with us as Your children. May Your Spirit work a mighty work in all of us today. Speak to our hearts, LORD. Help us to get our hearts and lives oriented to You and Your holiness. Then, help us to reach out to those around us as You call our attention to them and their need. May we be bold for You, O LORD–but, wise, too. Amen.