Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith . . .(Hebrews 12:2)
We have come to expect fighting between the political parties in this country, with acrimony being generated by both the Republican right and the Democratic left. But it can be extremely disheartening to see our so-called “leaders” politicizing of this global pandemic, which has impacted the lives of virtually everyone on the planet to varying degrees.
Let’s take a brief look at Moses to find our best way forward. Moses was in the court of Pharaoh, but his heart was in the corner with God’s people. Moses had witnessed the Israelites’ harsh bondage and daily beatings. Finally, he decided to take matters into his own hands:
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that way and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Exodus 2:10-12)
When we read that Moses was “looking this way and that way,” we are to understand that he certainly was not looking the right way. Instead of looking at man, Moses should have been looking to God. The same is true for you and me today. If we become preoccupied with looking to the right or to the left for deliverance, we will miss the most important look in our lives. You see, it was only when Moses was ready to look one way—which was to look directly at God—that he was he finally ready to be used by God. If we are like the young Moses, looking to the right or to the left, we will be unable listen to our God and love our neighbors.
As we experience the unprecedented events of COVID-19, we must remember what Job knew by way of his own painful, personal pandemic: “He [God] makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them” (Job 12:23). The Kingdom of God is the only unshakable, unwavering, and undivided Kingdom in the world. Only when we stop looking to the right and to the left and start looking to God will we be ready for Him to use us to advance the cause of His Kingdom in this world—and we must advance in His strength, not our own.
Note-to-Self: Looking one way—the right way—is the only way forward this day and every day, as we advance through this global pandemic until we finally cross the Jordan. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus!
You are in my prayers and in my heart.
Purpose and Passion,