5. Seek God’s Wisdom over the World’s
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The world wants us to react. As widespread panic over COVID-19 ensued the expectation was that we follow suit. “Be afraid,” the headlines prompt, “hide in fear, exhaust yourself with panic.” What if, instead of fear and panic, all believers were a force of calm and serenity?
What if we responded to the rash and risky with wisdom and discernment.
We can absolutely be aware of and prepared for times of trouble, whether it be widespread illness or civil unrest, but rather than giving into fear and responding like everyone else we have an opportunity to seek God’s wisdom over the world’s. God’s ways are higher, His wisdom surpassing of time and space. When we look to the world to solve its own brokenness we are going to be left wanting.
Proverbs 3:5 reminds us that we must “trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” It is in our nature to want to make sense of it all.
Often we want to show up to the conversations and contribute to the dialogues of our society. Certainly, there are times where that is absolutely what God calls us to, but before we ever share our voice with this world we must first quiet ourselves before God.
When the world wants us to react, sit first with God. Return to contemplation and as Matthew 6:33 prompts, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
For as much as we all want this season of uncertainty to be behind us let’s make sure this time has not been wasted. The deep work of spiritual growth is at our fingertips, we only need to press in.
And, on those days when our bodies, hearts and souls feel weighted down and heavy with fatigue, then too call on the Lord.
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Through God’s restfulness and peace let’s take the opportunity to learn from this season.
Let these lessons not be quickly forgotten.
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