Pastors Ponderings: Hope Until the Disaster Passes

Posted by on Nov 30, 2020 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

As we enter the Advent season in the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic, Pastor Jim submitted the following thoughts…

Greetings Friends:
 
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“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”

Psalm 57:1

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Perhaps you, like many, have been feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic, the length of it, and the increasing numbers of people who are impacted by it.  The numbers of those who have been sick, have passed away from it, and the outrageous resurgence is troubling, anxiety ridden, and down right fearful. Many are becoming weary, experiencing depression, and are sensing hopelessness even as many long for things to return to “normal.”  The months of “disruption” have been unsettling for many.

As God’s people, we must unite, remain committed to God and each other while being consistent in prayer. In prayer we can lift each other up, seek guidance from our loving God, lift up those affected.

As I have been praying I just keep returning to Psalms 57:1 which says:

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” 

How appropriate, how timely, how comforting and reassuring are those words.  As we turn to the pages of Scripture during times of personal, national, or global calamity, we find God speaking fresh words of hope to us.   Click on the tabs to see some examples:

“May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”   (Ruth 2:12)
“Hide me in the shadow of thy wings” (Psalm 17:8)
“Oh to be safe under the shelter of thy wings” (Psalm 61:4).
“In the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy” (Psalm 63:7)
“Under his wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91:4)
“The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies” (Psalm 118:7)

 

Many of the Psalms, like those noted above, speak of the protective wings of God. So when Jesus expressed His desire to comfort Jerusalem He used an image widely understood, “I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gather’s her chicks under her wings
(Matthew 23:37). 

Even the prophet Isaiah in trying to comfort God’s people offers these words, “Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it,
(Isaiah 31:5).  

The Apostle Paul reminds Christians in Corinth, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”  
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

 

As we enter this season of Advent and Christmas, perhaps these words of Scripture noted above will serve as a word of encouragement for all of us and be a starting point on how we can remain united and hopeful. Beyond this, may we be God’s ambassadors of “hope” to a world that is looking for hope.

Please stay safe!  Be Blessed!  Keep the faith!!
 
Shalom,

Pastor Jim

 

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