36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”Matthew 22:36-39
Every time we settle into a new normal with this pandemic – a new law or regulation is enacted. I may be more aware of them as I work with regulations on a daily bases. Education of the masses seems to leave much room for improvement, but at this point I think everyone has heard that social distancing is the key solving this issue with our earthly tools. The entire globe is participating, except the United States, who are struggling to for some reason. (This is why the world makes fun of the United States).
We have already proven we are selfish (since someone bought all the toilet paper – wasn’t me so can someone spare a roll?) I already thought through the self-preservation that caused that. But today, I was thinking about how much deeper it is.
Self-preservation seems to be caused by a lack of love. (yes, that was the point the last time I discussed it) But more importantly, and not previously pondered in my studies is specifically a lack of Godly love. If you are like me with a broken heart and a broken love how do you love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind?
First, with our Heart – Do we have an obedient heart? Because obedience is the very best way to Love God.
“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.’” John 14:23 NIV
As you practice obedience you see God’s goodness and providence played out in your actions and circumstances and it will surely help you fall in love with God. He also says to obey the government – are you obeying in social distancing? Hey, its a valid question.
Second, with our Soul – Look at the Psalms and how much David loved the lord! So many are just him singing about how good God is and how much he is thankful for. Are we seeing God in nature? In our lives? In everything? And Are we focused on thanking him and being grateful for all the little things??
My employer is trying diligently not to furlough any staff during this crisis. Unfortunately we had to furlough a small group but more than 97% of our employees are getting creative and still working (as of today). Who soften the hearts of our leadership? Who put the idea in their heads? Who gets the glory for around 700 staff still employed in the midst of this crisis with less than 10 furloughed? GOD! That is who!! We have cut so many services, our revenue has been hit hard, yet we have made a commitment to find a way to take care of our employees as well as the people in our care. That is a work of God! It is no small thing.
Who has spared West Virginia? Why is that entire state not panic shopping and voluntarily complying with social distancing? Why are there no cases? GOD!
We serve a God who is still mighty and amazing! Seeing and recognizing it will help us fall in love with him!
While surrounded by so much unknown – lets worship and thank Him for all he has done and will do! Our souls need that kind of relief in this crisis.
Third, with our mind – I have already discussed getting control over your thoughts in God (see my post titled: Grace for the battle over your mind). So let’s discuss reason and logic.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV
All what things? What is the promise here? Oh wow – read all of Matthew 6! Direction on how to give and how to pray and how to Love God!!! But also Jesus speaks of all the little things God does and how he can and will do it for us too and all we have to do is seek him. “All these things” – I do not want you to miss the word ALL!! God wants to bless us. All! If that isn’t a reason to love Him with our mind, I don’t know what is!!!
God is saying, today, all across the land – that he is a mighty and capable God. He is still relevant and still good.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 KJV
He hasn’t changed. He can and will show his power in your life, in your struggles, and in your needs – all you need to do is let yourself fall in love with him.
Get into the bible daily. Pray daily. Walk in the spirit. (even when it is tough to) Just keep seeking him.
We are getting through this crisis – by his grace and we will continue to get through, by his grace. Praise him for it.
We need a mighty God, so let’s seek him.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 NIV
Thank you for reading – be healthy and blessed – Pray Psalms 91