I was reading Psalm 18 this morning and it showed a Psalm writer that felt threatened. I am not sure how long this challenge was for him, but this was his testimony, "He reached down from heaven and took hold of me; He pulled me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the Lord was my support." (Ps 18:16-18, HCSB)
My friend, Pastor Chuck and I prayed together this morning. He reminded me that there is a virus that is far worse than a physical virus we are facing today. It is a spiritual virus that is fatal (Romans 6:23). People struggled in the Old Testament for a cure. God stepped out of Heaven, put on flesh, and lived a human existence (John 1:14). He died in our place as the only acceptable payment for sin (1 Peter 3:18, Heb 10:12). Now, everyone who calls on His Name will be saved (Rom 10:13).
Our role as believers in Jesus Christ is to point to the finished work of Jesus Christ. Let's live spiritual lives in the middle of physical challenges. Thrive spiritually for we are passing through this world on a layover to a better place (Heb 11:13-16).
Continue to pray for your 'one'; that is, the person that is close to you but far from God. Pray that God will use the challenges of today to make them spiritually ready to look for spiritual things. Luke 14:23 is part of a story telling us that God's servants use social pressure to encourage people to come to God's invitation. (Look at a few other verses that use the word here). May the Lord love your one, through you well.
Dr. Trey Turner is founding pastor of Church at Wazeecha. He and his family are church planters with the Southern Baptist Convention.