I am writing this after we have been experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic for about 4 months. A lot has happened. We have experienced many deaths. Jobless rates are astronomical. We have had weeks of rioting and looting. Nothing seems the same. The treatments and health strategies change weekly. We are constantly off balance. Much of our sense of safety has crumbled around us. Change is inevitable. We were not ready seismic change at such breakneck speed.
19 “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-34 (CSB)
Where your treasure is…… That is a statement that has always haunted me. I think I am storing up treasure in heaven, and I am to some extent. However, I have a lot of treasure here. When you begin to fear the stability and safety of this treasure, this is when you find how tightly it is bound to your heart. What I am finding out about myself is not particularly pleasant. I would like to think that my faith can carry me through without worry. I fall short. I find uncertainty about my Covid-19 risk, the security of my “nest egg” and my wisdom in how to prevent the spread to be lacking. I know many of you feel the same. I know because I have been talking with you.
How do we move forward? How can we become unstuck? How do we put our feet back of firm ground?
24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27 (CSB)
I must hear His words and act on them. I must be the Word and I must read and study in a manner that would produce obedience and transformation. I anyone out there ready for firm footing? Are you ready to join me in reading, yielding to, and acting on God’s Word? Let’s go!