A healthcare employee treats COVID-19 clients in an ICU at the Oglio Po healthcare facility in Cremona, Italy
13“You have performed a silly thing,” Samuel explained. “You have not retained the command the Lord your God gave you if you experienced, he would have established your kingdom in excess of Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure the Lord has sought out a gentleman soon after his very own coronary heart and appointed him ruler of his persons, since you have not retained the Lord’s command.” [Read 1 Sam 13:5-14]
The scripture verse above is the closing section of a story in the Bible that portrays Saul’s refusal to heed the Lord’s command. The tale tells how Saul became so concerned for the reason that of the large army of the Philistines he saw coming against him. Worry of his opponents made him sacrifice to God alternatively than wait for Samuel the Prophet who was ordained to give sacrifices.
And due to the fact of this – Saul lost the coveted possibility to have a dynasty and for his kingdom to endure for all time. If not for the worry he gave in to, today we would have experienced the star of Saul alternatively than the star of David the metropolis of Saul rather than the city of David. Just envision the decline? Saul’s disobedience to God’s command was mainly because he feared people today more than he feared God.
It has been intriguing looking at how Nations and Governments and Leaders and folks everywhere are reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. I do not wish to play down the seriousness of this pandemic and the havoc that it is causing in our world these days. Every thing is altering as a end result of COVID-19 these are no regular times.
Saul was similarly faced with a overwhelming condition as he observed the Philistines approach him – he realized that if absolutely nothing was done, they [the Israelites] would be killed and their remnant would at greatest grow to be slaves. This was a actual menace and one thing needed to be accomplished [immediately]. Samuel the prophet was to arrive and offer you a sacrifice prior to they heading to facial area their opponents but as Samuel fastened his gaze on the Philistine army, fear gripped him and he went on to present the sacrifice relatively than carry on to wait for the Prophet Samuel. Potentially the anxiety of Israel getting ravaged by the Philistines was extra genuine than regardless of what God would do to him for not obeying his instructions.
What am l driving
at? And all over again not to downplay anything at all that our govt and leaders are
executing – l speculate if we may well be creating the exact same mistakes of Saul? Have we taken additional significantly the devastation
that COVID-19 could do to us and neglected the implications of disobeying the
I see on the news
how our governments, pastors, leaders and everyday persons are working with sanitizers,
washing arms, donning masks and applying social distancing (which we are all
encouraged to do) – we have gone to so a great deal extent including modify in our
existence (partial lockdown) to guard ourselves from this virus [which is
very commendable to stopping the spread].
But to what extent are we likely to halt the virus of sin that God
commands us to flee from?
have you sanitized your palms from corruption in the identical way you are
sanitizing your hands from COVID-19? Man/Woman of God, have you washed your
arms from pleasure and covetousness like you are accomplishing with the virus? Mr.
Judge/Lawyer – have you masked your face from lies so you are equipped to converse the
reality to authority without dread/favour or is your ruling for the highest
bidder? My fellow citizens – have you socially distanced you from
fornication/adultery stealing, hatred and jealousy and selfishness and all the
factors that God speaks towards? You studying ideal now – how have you
locked-down yourself to escape from the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh
and the satisfaction of guy?
Just one time when
a number of thousands had gathered Jesus shared these words and phrases with them:
4 “I convey to you, my pals, do not be fearful of those people who kill the human body and just after that can do no much more. 5 But I will exhibit you whom you should fear: Concern him who, right after your physique has been killed, has authority to toss you into hell. Indeed, I tell you, concern him. [Luke 12:4-5]
I think we are at a time when a number of thousand if not thousands and thousands are worried and in concern of what the world is heading via. Several have died and however, a lot of additional will die, we are all at threat and that goes to present how fleeting life on earth truly is if we do not realize our correct intent. Realizing this, what type of life do we have to dwell?
Jesus has an response – “Live your everyday living as nevertheless you
were being extra scared of him than you are worried of COVID-19 or of any other
factor/man or woman that can only destroy this body of clay”.
I pray that you will listen to what His Spirit may well be
saying to you.