Thank the Lord – Dislike the Devil, 11MAR
Although I want to travel this weekend, I understand the fears of my family who don’t want me to show up with worldly germs. They also have created their own little mini fortress from having to venture out… Better safe than sorry. But Hmmm… Hype is a strong force.
How blessed I am to be sitting quietly in my own bed with not fear but concern, not panic but preparation, and know that the Lord has been taking care of me and my children IMMENSELY these past couple years and forever… I have to count blessings – from a tax return coming to food in the house to getting my broken tooth fixed *thanks tax return * before the world shuts down… I will collect my daughter from college for break, and keep her until they reopen her closed “virtual” college…
I will work out what the Lord is working out for me…
I have a work blog coming out soon about the virus, about my Irish roots and their determination to get to the new land of America, away from the potato famine and fevers of the land. They also had the Lord helping them put things into perspective…
First I feel like I need to warn about panic – about the devil and the HYPE that he turns into fear.
I DISLIKE the Devil for the hysteria-building, the scare-tactics, and promotion of self-preservation.
Quiet the hysteria and behave sensibly. Watch rather than worry – then watch some more. Take on precautions not paranoia. Be careful and caregiving, be cooperative not kooky…
Beat down the horrible hype and hysteria, instead say “Hmmm… How’s God going to take care of this?” and “How can I help?!!”
Yes, with our help, God will help us focus our diligence and drive… Don’t let the devil stop us in our tracks. Don’t fear death so much that you forget to live. Don’t build fear. Don’t just DON’T.
Let us counteract the hype with hope. Let us remember that the Lord is here with us.
Portray PEACE not panic and it is time to count blessings…
Those led thru the desert were taken care of, so will we be. We need to listen and obey to forever be OK.
Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8