We now have one week of quarantining in the books! Congrats on making it through the first week. I love how resilient our nation has been in its response to the pandemic. It is exciting to see the upshot of all the life change. We’re finding new ways to innovate and work from home. Our politicians have come together to take action and help us get through this. Families are coming together- and learning how to live together. We’re finding new ways to entertain ourselves- especially now that sporting events and sitcoms have been canceled. Churches have all gone live-streaming and are reaching a massive new audience that is looking for hope online. Most, if not all, of our Bible Studies are now meeting virtually. In fact, it has never been easier to join a Bible Study or go to church than today. Just click on the link!
In most traumatic situations, we can oftentimes survive the first week or two on adrenaline. We can find ways to alter schedules, transfer funds, and make it through in the short-term. After the initial shock, we find ways to laugh and hope for the best. However, as this becomes a “new normal” for a few months of our lives, we’re going to find out the substance of our faith and hope. Fear will threaten to creep in make a tough situation worse. Fear: that enemy that brutally reminds us at the most inopportune times that we don’t have what it takes for the future. Fear focuses on two things- the uncertainty of the future and our own shortcomings. The future now is very uncertain. None of the experts agree on how long this pandemic will last, because no one can predict the future. We are stuck in a “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” type situation. So what happens when “the worst” starts happening and people we know get sick, die, or face financial ruin? How do we face the very real possibility of this coming home to bite us in a personal way. What is the strategy for that?
This Sunday we will explore the example that King David gives us in Psalm 4. David encountered some incredible adversity in his life. He faced off with beasts, giants, kings, and rebellion in his own family. He also came to terms with his own failings in his life- and there were many. Yet in all of the ups and downs of David’s life, and in his imperfect responses to these challenges- God describes him as a man after his heart- one who was fully devoted to him.
This Sunday we will look at David’s response to adversity and come away with three concrete applications that we can apply to help us get through this time- and every subsequent time we ever go through distress.
Thank you to all who tuned into our virtual service last week. I was so encouraged to see your comments and hear some positive feedback. This Sunday should be even better as we’re learning how to do this! Thanks for bearing with us as we figure this whole thing out together. For instance, last week Facebook Live crashed. We will send an email out tomorrow with a link to the service on YouTube and post it here on facebook. Please don’t hesitate to message us with any questions or needs you have in this time!
Have a great weekend and I look forward to connecting again with you virtually on Sunday.
-Pastor Nathan Rice