By Dave Dawson
Dear Bethel family,
The Corona virus has taken many things from the people of the world and from us here in the Tri-cities. First and foremost, it has taken lives. It has also taken jobs, income and the perception of our security. If we care to admit it, we are deeply annoyed that it has taken our beloved March Madness and delayed the start of baseball season, among other sports casualties.
Is this the judgement of God? Or is this just the natural result of living in a fallen world? Whatever the answer is, we can be sure that God is not caught unawares. He will use all things to work out his purpose for our lives. God is sovereign. He is the Lord over nations, over the creation and over our lives.
Yesterday, we looked at the first part of Psalm 46. The last few verses of that same Psalm give us a glimpse into the sovereignty of God over life and tell us how to respond to momentous events.
Psalm 46:8-10 Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Psalmist tells us to open our eyes to see what the Lord has done. His acts on the earth range from the hard reality that he has brought desolations on the earth to the wonderful reality of making wars to cease.
Whether we are experiencing desolation or peace, our response is to be still, and know that I am God. To be still is to stop our frantic activity, our incessant worry and our rage against the disruption of our lives. To know that He is God is not simply an intellectual acknowledgement but is to make our knowledge an experiential reality. We embrace the knowledge that God is still on his throne.
Whatever has been taken from us, we should exalt the name of our sovereign God. Our model for our struggle today is Job who cried out to God, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”