Everyone on the planet is apart of this COVID-19 pandemic. It seems like everyone is reacting differently to it. No matter how you are reacting to this global circumstance there are three things I believe to still be true.
(1) I believe Jesus Christ is still the King of kings and Lord of lords.
There are believers doubting if God is actually who He says He is because of what is going on right now. I previously wrote on Daniel 6:25-27 (Greater Impact), but what was said to the whole world then is still true today.
“For he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
(2) I believe what is happening in the world isn’t catching God off guard.
He knows exactly what is going on. If God were surprised that would mean He is uncertain about what is coming. If that were true, then God is not who He says He is. God isn’t surprised by anything. Even this.
John Piper says, “God knows the future because He planned the future. Knowing the future is part of what it means to be God.”
(3) I believe God is trying to teach me (everyone) something.
This is where I want to spend the rest of our time together. I believe we are all guilty of asking the wrong question during this time. I believe we should not be asking, “What are we going to do?” but rather “How am I going to grow during this time?”
I want to share with you three things God is teaching me through this season right now.
(1) God’s Word & Prayer
There is no substitute for spending personal time in God’s Word and in prayer. Before this crisis hit, my routine of getting into God’s Word and spending time in prayer for the past couple of months was off. It wasn’t terrible, it was non-existent. This season has allowed me to re-learn this discipline in a new and deeper way.
(2) The Sabbath
This is a restful principle I need to adopt into my life. John Mark Comer wrote The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and in this book, he speaks about the sabbath at length and helpful practices to apply this command in your life. I’ve never practiced the sabbath in my life. Ever. By no means am I great at doing this, however, I’m consciously trying to give one day to rest, worship, and times of silence.
(3) Ability of Agility
This time in our world will soon be found in the history books of schools. This has never happened in the history of the word. Is that not crazy? Because of this, we are all having to learn on the fly. Carey Nieuawhof says, “In a crisis, agility is ability. Flexibility is a super power.” I love being able to function in comfort, but God is teaching when I’m uncomfortable I’m growing. When I’m growing I’m becoming better. During this time I’m not comfortable at all and I’m having to learn fast and be able to act quickly.
I believe we need to spend this season trying to see what God is wanting to teach us. Our families, churches, ministries, friendships, and so much more have the potential to be better and more effective for God’s Kingdom after this season if we use it wisely.
What is God wanting to teach you?
Proverbs 15:32 says, “Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.”
 Daniel 6:26b-27 ESV
 John Piper, Is God Ever Surprised, March 3, 2017
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