One week into ISOLATION and how are you doing? Are you stocked up on toilet paper, bread, and eggs? When you open your refrigerator or pantry door, do you breathe a sigh of relief, or take in a gasp of air as you realize your supply is running low? Are you cherishing this slowed down pace, or are you ready to pull your hair out because of it?
And what about WATER? Were you able to pick up a case of bottled water at the grocery store? Or, did you, like me, watch the cart pass you by as it pushed it’s way out of the store with 12 cases of the last water the store had available?
What causes the eggs and toilet paper to disappear off of the shelves? What makes the bread racks empty after years of excess bread becoming outdated and ending up at the food banks?
And why would we suddenly be out of bottled water when most of us live in counties that typically want to shoot us for drinking from a plastic bottle?
FEAR! That’s what!
Sure, we can say that it’s not really FEAR, it’s just common sense and common decency.
We are stocking up to make sure we have enough for our time of isolation. And we are being decent to those around us by being well-supplied so that we stay isolated and do not leave our homes.
But is that really the reason? Do common sense and common decency cause us to panic and hoard? No! The truth is,FEAR does!
I am not going to lie that this is not a scary, weird time. It is typical for us to face a frightening, unknown situation like this and be fearful! But do we allow that fear to turn into panic or TRUST?
“NOTHING TESTS OUR TRUST LIKE FEAR.”
I love this quote. We all face fearful situations in life. At times they can even feel life-threatening like an unknown virus…like the Corona Virus we are facing.
FEAR is a normal human response. We are faced with something unknown that we cannot control and our lives are turned topsy turvey! We are fearful.
It is what that fear does to our trust in God that matters!
Do we allow our fear to tear down our trust in God and send us rushing to the store in a panic to buy up the last of the toilet paper and water? Or do we allow the fear to fade into TRUST in our powerful faithful God?
Hezekiah was a godly King who did what was pleasing in The Lord’s sight! Hezekiah was human just like you and I. He was the King of Judah in Jerusalem when the powerful Assyrian army was threatening and conquering all of the surrounding territories.
He had to have been fearful as he looked around at his world and saw what was happening. Just like you and I are today! His response both assures us and challenges us.
Hezekiah’s TRUST in God was tested and he initially gave in to that fear and paid the “tribute money” demanded by the Assyrian leader. He even used the silver stored in the Temple of The Lord to pay it! His fear overtook him and he lost his trust in God.
Soon, Hezekiah’s trust in God was tested even further!
The Assyrian King threatened to shut off the water supply to Hezekiah and his people!
He said they would be so thirsty and so hungry that it would cause the people to revolt against Hezikiah.
Sound familiar? Not enough water! Water is essential to our very life. Nothing grows without it. When we do not grow food, when we do not drink, we die!
Recently, on my trip to Israel I visited Caesarea. There we visited the ancient tunnels and arches used as water ways to bring the water from it’s source to the king!
Water is essential to all life! We cannot live without it! Both of these ancient kings were living in the desert. Their water ways were vital to their very lives!
King Hezekiah was being threatened with the lives of his people and himself! His water source would be cut off. Life would cease!
As his trust was tested by fear, his trust grew in the only true life source, God Himself!
Hezekiah turned to God, prayed, and pleaded with Him as he trusted in the power and faithfulness of God. His fear turned to Trust! God saved them from the hand of the Assyrians!
“BUT BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD AND HAVE MADE THE LORD THEIR HOPE AND CONFIDENCE.” JEREMIAH 17:7
WE HAVE HOPE TODAY IN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES BECAUSE WE TRUST IN THE LORD OUR GOD!
WEEK 5 – JESUS IS OUR LIVING WATER. HIS SOURCE NEVER RUNS DRY!
We have a King today, we are not alone in this crisis! While many days living through it may bring fear, may those days be fleeting as we TRUST IN THE LORD OUR GOD, OUR KING OF KINGS!
The King of Kings, Jesus, went to the cross and conquered death to bring living water to you and me! His supply never runs dry and can never be cut off!
TRUSTING IN JESUS, OUR LIVING WATER, CASTS OUT FEAR!
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