“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:1-2, NIV
Coming out of the year 2020, do you feel like you are emerging from “the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire…”? Maybe you do not feel as though you are emerging at all. Little do I need to list the numerous challenges most human beings have endured over the last twelve months therefore, I will spare you. But, as I read this Scripture passage, I cannot help but think that this is exactly how I feel. Actually, being honest I must tell you that as I write these words, I am in quarantine for about the third time since the whole virus debacle began. No, I do not socialize much, and never do I go out into the public without a mask and following every CDC precaution. My family members who have contracted the virus have done so after being in a medical facility. Let that sink in for a moment!
You and I are “in danger” every time we get out of bed, and for some, being in bed is risky. Recently, I heard a pastor say, referring to the six feet social distancing rule, “We want to believe that, this six feet will save us from (then pointing to the floor) this six feet!” Human beings are vulnerable to fearing death, yet, death comes to all of us at some point. I have read that the death rate from Covid-19 is less than one percent. Friend, the long-range mortality rate for humans is 100%. No one gets out alive! This is a reality and fact; it is a hard one and most of us do not dwell on it, but in Jesus Christ, leaving this world we can close our eyes here and open them in heaven; this reality should give us courage not fear.
Please go back to the Scripture verse leading into this writing. If you wear glasses as I do, put them on and look closely. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. Friend, we do not know when or even, if this pandemic will end before we leave this world, but God knows what we are going through and he hears us in the midst of it all. Look now and see what else the passage of Scripture tells us. He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. The “rock” and “firm place” is Jesus Christ! Jesus is our hope and our salvation; He will rescue us from every storm.
As you wait for the pandemic vaccine to arrive, consider also receiving the only inoculation available for the “epidemic of sin.” Jesus!!