How you have been coping with this situation and what is weighing on your mind? Perhaps you have anxious thoughts for family and friends, considering what to do with this time of isolation, how to care for those in your bubble.
This week I encourage you to alternate your bible readings between the Psalms and Proverbs. The Psalms tend to give us comfort and Proverbs offer us wisdom. The Psalms speak to our hearts, the Proverbs speak to our minds. Today we need both comfort and wisdom.
We may be more familiar with Psalms such as Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”. Psalms touch our hearts and stir our spirits. Generations before us have found comfort in the Psalms.
We may not have spent quite as much time reading Proverbs, but now is a time when we truly need wisdom. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor. (Proverbs 4:5–9) The ancient Hebrew people prized wisdom and saw it as a crown of great value. Perhaps in the modern church we have not spoken enough of wisdom. But today we need wisdom more than ever, so we can be wise in what we say and do. Paul wrote, Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15–17) Live as the wise – is this how you tend to live?
Why do I stress wisdom? Wisdom will keep bringing you back to the Lord, to trust him with all your heart. Without wisdom we might simply lean on our own understanding, being tossed around on a sea of fear and doubt, so fixated on shocking news headlines that we become overwhelmed.
Today I encourage you to think wisely about what you will do with your time at home. As we read earlier, Paul encourages us to make …the most of every opportunity. The KJV translates this as redeeming the time. How do we redeem this time of lockdown? How do we make the most of this opportunity? Perhaps we could devote some of this time to gaining wisdom.
Where can I find comfort and strength through times of trial?
Have my decisions this week been more influenced by fear or wisdom?
Rev John Malcolm