Isolation Introspection – 2 May 2020

God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

Psalm 47:8

What a simple truth: God is in control. The question is, do we really believe it? If, here in California, our workplaces stay closed for another month or two, and our churches aren’t allowed to reopen until Fall, will we begin to despair? Will we start to question what God has planned, or to resist what his will seems to be?

We need to be careful not to confuse our rights as citizens of America with our preferences as citizens of God’s Universal Kingdom. While we live in this country that allows us to vote and have our say (which is an incredible blessing from God!), that does not mean that we can apply those same standards to our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Consider God’s challenge of Job’s questioning. God is honored when we respond to trials with peace-filled confidence in his direction and sovereignty.

God reigns. Over everything. And he has a plan. How we respond to what happens in his world demonstrates how much we really believe that.

The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!