We have never faced something like this in our life-time, no matter how old we are, have we? All of us face the unknown. When the Israelites came out of Egypt they too faced the unknown. Moses had died and Joshua had to lead the people into the Promised Land. They knew that the Land was full of giants. They were terrified, but God directed them to follow the ark of the covenant which signified the presence of the LORD. As shocking as the news reports are, this didn’t take God by surprise. He knew it was coming, and He will help us through this. Let’s not give in to fear. Let’s boldly enter the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. What made Joshua strong and courageous? It was God’s promise: “The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) That same promise is ours today.
King Ben-hadad of Syria had laid siege to Samaria, Israel’s capital. The siege was protracted, with Samaria surrounded supplies were cut off. Conditions became indescribably horrible. There was a severe famine.. Four lepers were loitering in front of the city gates, forced to live as outcasts. They said, “Why should we stay here until we die? Let’s go to the enemy camp. If they spare us, we’ll live. If they kill us, we’ll die.” They entered the camp. To their amazement the enemies had fled leaving everything as it was. The lepers ate and drank and carried away silver, gold and clothes. But then they said, “What we’re doing isn’t right. This is a day of good news. And we’re keeping it to ourselves. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.” The news soon spread through the city of Samaria, and in a few hours all the city was at the gate. When the food was brought in from the camp, there was abundance for all the people. During these difficult times, like the lepers, share good news of the gospel with those around you and share what you have with those who have nothing.
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 The whole world had been brought to a grinding halt. The cities are quiet that we can even hear the birds chirping at dawn. What seemed top priority isn’t important anymore. People are in despair. But these times can be times when we can refocus our attention on things that are really important. Though things seem like reeling out of control, God is still on the throne. There is no chaos in heaven. We don’t understand the “whys”, we can leave that in God’s hands. Use these moments and days to draw near to God. A) Read and study the word-perhaps you were so busy you hardly had time to meditate on the word, now you do. 2) Pray more- talk to God, pour out your fears and worries to Him. 3) Trust Him- things may seem hopeless, but know that God can make beauty out of ashes. 4) Cherish and enjoy the loved ones God has bless you with. Listen to them, make memories with them. Above all, be thankful always!
“Praise be to the Lord, for He showed me the wonders of His love when I was in a city under siege.” Psalm 31:21 The situation David went through could be similar to what some of us may be going through. It may seem that there is no way out of this dilemma. Thank God David did not stay in that place forever. Instead, he tells the Lord, “Yet You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.” We too can call on Him for help. And when we do that like David, He will set us free and plant us in a safe and spacious place.