God in Times of Crisis

Greg Gosselin

God In Times of Crisis
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Since March 11 we have lived with social distancing, masks, conflicting news reports and conspiracy theories. We have missed loved ones, missed weddings and funerals, and attended church online. We have not been able to visit our friends and loved ones in the hospital or nursing homes. We are working from home and teaching our children as best we can. School was cancelled, college classes cancelled, graduation cancelled, and birthday gatherings cancelled.
We have lived like this for close to six months. It has been and is crazy, and at times, depressing. Yet, we are getting out more. Many are traveling and spending time as a family doing fun things.
A couple of months ago I asked the question, “Are we closer to God because of this pandemic, are we the same, or have we drifted?” Our lives got busier because of work and teaching our kids, but is this a wakeup call to God’s people?
This past week, Pastor Josh mentioned a phrase that, to me, was life changing. He was preaching out Mark 3:22-35. In this passage, Jesus is being accused of doing miracles through the power of Satan. Jesus gives several examples, parables, of how that could not be true. In one He said that a thief does not break into a strongman’s house without first tying him up. Well, in my thinking, the thief was Satan and the strongman was Jesus. The strongman was going to overcome the thief. But the parable was that Jesus was the “thief” tying up the strongman, Satan, and taking back was rightly God’s. Pastor Josh said that we are called to PLUNDER the house of Satan and reclaim the people who are following false teachings ,who have turned their back on Him, drifted away or just never believed in Him in the first place.
My question to each of us is the same as it was at the beginning of this pandemic. ARE WE CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH THIS TIME, ARE WE THE SAME, OR HAVE WE DRIFTED?
The solution is quite simple. We need to spend time with God by reading His Word and praying. We all know this; this is not new news but are we doing it?
Here are some suggestions to get started.
1. Start reading a Psalm a day. Choose a verse or two that really speaks to where you are. Really think about the verse through the day. Write it down if it’s a verse or thought that you want to never forget.
2. As a family, make a prayer list and praise list and pray for those things together. Just take a couple of minutes a day.
3. Encourage your children to spend a few minutes a day doing kids devotions. There are many good resources for children.
We may say that we do not have the time, but we have far more time now than ever before. We need to put down our phones and pick up our Bibles. Social media, tv and the news can stress us out. However, the Word of God will encourage us, lift us up and guide us.
Your whole Church Staff is praying that God will move in your life and our lives as we move forward and PLUNDER THE HOUSE OF SATAN and win back a lost world.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with the hope by the power of the Holy Spirt. Romans 15:13

Greg

Greg Gosselin About Greg Gosselin

Greg was born and raised in Miami, FL. He is affectionately known as “Father Goose”. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of six at the First Baptist Church of Perrine, FL. Greg came to Eastern Hills Baptist Church in February of 2004 from the First Baptist Church of Paris, TX.