Don’t panic. Let’s not worry. Relax, it will all be fine. Easier said than done. And none of those phrases have the particular outcome one might hope for when saying them. In fact, sometimes it is quite the opposite. If you are in a bit of a tizzy right now, with big plans that have suddenly been interrupted by a global pandemic, let me supply you with words that matter, words that soothe, words that are true: God is on His throne.
Yes, He is.
The Lord is in his holy temple;Psalm 11:4
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
He has not left us, nor forsaken us. He is on his throne ruling the world, and nothing as large as waves sweeping nations into the oceans, or miniscule as germs wreaking havoc on the bodies of his precious people will surprise the God of the universe. He still loves and cares for us, and longs for us to call upon His name in times of trouble. He also longs for his children to love their fellow man, and I’m sure you have already seen it.
People who are willing to go shopping for their elderly neighbor. Companies that are putting free educational content online for children. Healthcare workers who continue to go to work each day despite not having all the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe. People who are choosing to do the hard thing and miss opportunities to keep others healthy by staying home. These are are just some of the ways that we can love our fellow man right now, ways that reflect that we know God is still in charge.
So whether or not your church is meeting in the actual building, or maybe online, or whether your small group has gotten even smaller, know this; you can still continue to pray to the God who is still on His throne, inclining his ear toward us because he loves us.
Because he inclined his ear to me,Psalm 116:2
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.