Heeding Authority These Days?

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!

Readings for April. 26, 2020; The Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-14; 1 Peter 1:17-25; Luke 24:13-35

All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever. 1 Peter 1:24-25

My husband and I are on day thirty four of self-quarantining during the Covid 19 pandemic. As I sit here in isolation, I can’t help but think that never, in my lifetime, has the above passage rang so true globally. Every nation has been bombarded with the frailty of its citizens, its economy, and its health care systems. Individually, we all have been faced with the lack of control over our freedom, our health, our family’s health, our jobs and our finances.

So, in the midst of these unknowns and chaos, we look for answers. We trust those in authority to guide us in the ways we should follow in order to rid ourselves of the worst case scenario that this disease could inflict upon us; a disease that can come innocently with no symptoms for some and then attack others with great pain and even death. We get upset with those who defy the guidance given us for the good of all people. Not only do they endanger themselves by ignoring the wisdom shared, but they potentially endanger all others with whom they come in contact, as they could be carriers.

So, what about if we treated sin and its certain and eventual results, like we treat Covid 19 and its potential results. Or conversely, what if we treat Covid 19 how many people treat the outcome of sin and its remedy. Would we say with Covid 19, “Oh, I’m not enforcing my beliefs about Covid 19 upon my children? I’m going to let them decide how they wish to handle it on their own. They’re their own person. Who am I to guide my child in such a way?” Or “They don’t want to stay in the house. It’s boring; so we don’t.” or say to those we meet, “Yes, I have the remedy to Covid 19, but I’ll just keep it to myself. No need to get involved.” or “It doesn’t matter if they have the disease they can do whatever they want. We need to be tolerant.” And the list can go on and on with the excuses we say to ourselves, about keeping the good news of our Saviour- the remedy over sin and death- from others, especially our families and friends. It’s something to think about isn’t it?

May you be blessed with good health and safety in these days, and with the assurance of life eternal as you heed the words of the wisest authority ever. Be confident in his instructions and diligent in carrying them out: to ingest the remedy against sin and death, that is faith in Jesus; that even though we- you and me, our children and our most beloved- are like flowers that will wither sooner or later, that we too will endure forever!

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to share your good news of my Saviour, as willingly as I share the desire for all to be safe and healthy in these pandemic days. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!

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