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Remember way back in early 2020 when we first learned about this virus and the advice was to isolate? Remember how difficult it was and even how scary it was? Do you remember how you made a special effort to watch the Worship Service online, how you read each passage of Scripture as if it was brand new to just this occasion, and how your prayers were more passionate and regular? It really hasn’t been that long and it is pretty amazing how we get used to a new normal so quickly. You may even find that there are certain things that you have begun to like about this time of isolation. You have become used to the new routine and have found a way to make the best of it. You may have found that you are doing so well that you no longer need to pray, read, and cling as much as you did at the beginning of this crisis. All that in two months! How quickly we become self-sufficient from God.

I realize that it is natural and good to cry out to God more in times of crisis than in times of good. We don’t run around yelling “Help” during everyday life. But shouldn’t our dependence on God be just as important during noncrisis times? We need to remember that due to our spiritual inabilities that every day is a crisis time until he comes and takes us home. Why do new routines, unemployment bonuses, stimulus checks, and finished projects around the home lead us away from dependence on God rather than closer towards him? Do we lose sight of where those provisions and abilities truly come from? Being driven by our emotions during a time of perceived crisis is not sustainable for everyday life. But a biblical outlook about how dependent upon God we really are brings passionate daily worship. I am a child of God who daily struggles with sin and needs God’s daily forgiveness. I need him to provide for my daily bread. I need him to deliver me from evil each day. I need him to direct my steps and to pick me up when I have fallen. God reminds us of our daily need of him when he tells us that he knows each time we stand up and sit down, that he knows the number of hairs on our head, and that we are more valuable than the sparrows that he watches over each day.

Slow down. Remember your need and his provision. Call out to him and find comfort in passages like Ps 121: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

I was struck, once more, of how God is seeking to speak to our hearts today through his Holy Word. I just love these phrases from this Psalm, “he will keep your life” and “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore”. The future still seems a little unsure. When things do get “back to normal” what will that normal look like for us? Is the virus somewhere out there still seeking to infect me? The Lord keeps my life and my going out and coming in. Each adventure out into the scary world will be kept, protected, and ruled by him. Nothing can come near me unless he wills it to. I am a kept man. The more I recognize that each day,...the more I will realize just how much I need to be kept each day. The more I realize how much I need to be kept each day...the more I will passionately worship him each day.

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