Could This Time A Blessing In Disguise?
Published by Deborah Negron M.A. Iglesia de Dios – Centro de Vida Vida Bridgeport, Connecticut
But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord : thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee, And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat. And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession. Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the Lord your God. Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety.
Leviticus 25:4-13, 17-19 KJV
Often times we see the current events outside of the eternal plan of God. I am not saying that evil doers do not do evil. What I am saying is tha God uses even the calamities of life to fulfill his purpose.
When evil mankind behaves in sin, God uses the consequences of that sin to complete his plan.
During this pandemic we have seen the foolishness of evil people attempting to do harm to other human beings. We see the wickedness of man multiplied in their acts of violence, hatred and greed.
You can HOWEVER REST ASSURED,
Our God is Still Lord of All.
A long time ago the Lord gave commandments that people should let the land rest.
He established that the earth needed time to regenerate seed and to heal or become cleaned in order to produce again good fruit.
For years, we have taken advantage of the land. We have overtaxed the ground by overproduction, careless greed to make money. Foolish growth prospectives that hindered the quality if air we breathe. The growth and over development of properties was leaving no place for the wildlife to have a normal habitats.
Yes, we even promoted big pharma instead of true healthcare.
Vaccines that hindered people more than they helped them. New illnesses arose as a result of our mishandling God’s green earth.
Now this pandemic…
Whether an act of foolish men and scientific experimentation or whether a natural mutation of a previous viruses, we stand at this point in history.
We are facing the Unknown.
Yet even now, God’s Sovereign hand is ready to save. His wisdom and his love for mankind is present in the midst of this calamity too.
We are not alone. He is still the Of that heals and restores. He is still the God who comfort us in the midst of loss and pain, death and sorrow. Many of us have lost loved ones. Many have been stricken with this virus and survived it. Rest assured, God is still God.
Rest is what the whole earth has been needing. While we have been quarantined the skies are becoming cleaner. The pollution is diminishing. Families are becoming more engaged on family life. The things that were seemingly so, important before are not so any longer.
Families are eating meals together. People are communicating more, even if it is through social media. Phone calls are being made. Creative ways of celebrating our milestones have evolved in the midst of this pandemic.
God is utilizing what could have destroyed us to reform us. He is using this malady to mend our brokenness. Families have reconciled. Parents have been contacted more often. Children know where Mom and Dad are. The concern for one another is once again seen.
Neighbors are sharing meals. Social distancing has caused us to value those closest to us.
Hey, Yes, I always try to find the silver lining even in the Thunderhead Clouds.
I am a firm believer in God’s word.
He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it. Philippians 1:6
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 KJV
Could it be that God is using this Time to draw us to value what have been given?
Should we not consider the goodness of God and be grateful that we have not been utterly destroyed. But rather that during this time we have been invited to become Intimate once again with the one who is able to make all things new.
Yes, pain often brings lessons. Loss of brings us to question our practices and behaviors. In his time we can reevaluate our position of faith. We can invite the Lord to help us refocus on the positive things that can come out of this time of trial.
2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us what our next steps should be….
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Lord forgive us fo overtaxing our land. Forgive us for our crimes. Forgive us for killing the unborn child, for calling evil good and good evil. Forgive us for straying so far from the biblical foundations we once followed. Forgive us for not loving our neighbor as ourselves. Forgive is for misusing and abusing our natural resources. Forgive us for polluting no only the earth, but alo reminds of our children with hatred, bigotry, prejudice and division.
Lord God, please heal our land.
Let us become the land of the free.
Let us love and allow others to thrive as we do. Let us have faith that in Christ there is room for forgiveness and healing. Let us share God’s love with everyone. You, oh Lord, gave yourself for the Whosoever.
You make no difference between the beggar and the rich man… the varied shades of skin were your own design for us. Help us God, help us love one another and please take away this plague.
Jesus, we recognize that we need you…
Today, in this year 2020, Le us see your Jubilee.
Bless our Nation. Bless our President. Bless our Legislators and Congress. Bless each Governor and each Mayor. Bless each Law Enforcement officer. Bless each Essential Worker. Bless each Man and Each Woman, each Parent an Child.
Oh Lord heal our Land.
This is My Prayer.