COVID Contemplations (March 20)- “Is There Any Word from the Lord?”

I suspect that the man in charge didn’t really know what to do.  For the nation was clearly in a crisis and the prospects for a quick resolution grew dimmer by the day.  And so, as the story is told in Jeremiah 37, the king sent for the prophet who was languishing in a prison cell to ask him in private a simple question: “Is there any word from the Lord?”

And it strikes me that a lot of folks today around the world struggling with the present pernicious pandemic may be wondering the same thing, that is, where is God in the midst of all of this, and what might He be saying to us?  Fortunately, however, the answer that God gives us to that inquiry is far more positive than the reply which Jeremiah gave long ago to Zedekiah.  For according to another man of God, Isaiah, this is what the LORD says: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name:  you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.” (Isaiah 43.1-2)

As we find a new normal in each of our lives during the strange season ahead, I will thus be posting here each weekday what I hope will be a brief but positive word to remind us of both God’s promises and His providence.  For whatever the cacophony of dire warnings and fearful reports around us may be, in the end only One Voice really matters, as even Zedekiah finally figured out.

May we be listening for that Word indeed.

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15 Responses to COVID Contemplations (March 20)- “Is There Any Word from the Lord?”

  1. Tom Schulz says:

    Thanks Chap. Today is my retirement and it is very scary with the virus and the large decline in retirement savings.

  2. Ron Floyd says:

    Thank you Chap. As difficult as this is today, it has been worse. This country lived through December 7, 1941 and came out of the experience far far stronger. God bless you and thanks for the postings.

  3. Cortney Colville says:

    Many thanks for your service and for consistently reminding the world that the Bible is completely relevant and worthy of providing our only true strength and guidance and most of all Love.
    Praying for all of our church staff and grateful for y’all !!! 🇨🇱 🇱🇷 ❤️

  4. Nancy Olson says:

    Thank you, Chap!

  5. Kim Eby says:

    Thank you so much I appreciate your words and thoughts.

  6. Jane Rose says:

    Thank you, Chap.. We need the Good News.

  7. amygyoung says:

    Thank you for this, Chap. I will look forward to reading your posts during this time. God bless!

  8. Ed Monto says:

    Thank you, Chapp. Stay well.

  9. Paula Ruth Gochnour says:

    Good to see you doing this. I have to ask “Are You Retiring?” For last time we talked you warned that when that happens the stock market would crash.

  10. Nancy says:

    Thanks, Chap!


    It is a blessing to read your thoughts! Thanks for posting. Be well!

  12. Paula Kopczynski says:

    Chap, thank you for your post and helping us get through this! God Bless you and Julie and stay healthy! ❤

  13. Steve says:

    Bless you and thank you!

  14. Bill Hood says:

    Thank you for this good news. It is comforting to know that nothing surprises our God. Though we get surprised continually he is always there to walk with us through the storms.

  15. Kathe says:

    So comforting; thankyou😇

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