(April 04, 2020) Carol Round suggests a Christian angle on ‘stocking-up’ in these times of panic-buying…
Depending on what time of day you go to the grocery or big box store, you’ll find many shelves are empty or almost empty. Some individual’s carts are overflowing.
Discussing this panic-buying trend, a friend and I agreed people were stuffing their pantries and shelves in fear of not having enough.
Shouldn’t we Christians be filling-up on the word of God instead, allowing scriptures to soothe our fears?
After Jesus fasts in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, he’s hungry (Read Matthew 4). Satan challenges him to turn the stones into bread if he is the Son of God. Jesus replies, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’
Every Word From the Mouth of God
If you’re like me, this new ‘normal’ in our daily lives has us asking questions. We’re desperate for answers. Daily updates we read or hear about concerning this pandemic can lead to two reactions: panic – or peace.
We must make a choice.
To panic? Clearing out grocery shelves and hoarding for ourselves, or to trust God – that he is our provider and we accept his word? (In Philippians 4:19, we’re reminded that ‘God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus’).
Which will you choose? To find peace, we must spend time filling-up on the word of God, instead of filling up our grocery carts to overflowing. This should also be a time for self-reflection.
A Time for Self-Reflection
If given a choice, I doubt anyone would choose this pandemic as a means of getting our attention. Is it a coincidence that it showed up during Lent? What do you think?
- Lent is already an opportunity to reflect on our sinful natures. (Easter next Friday!).
- It’s a time to return to God and contemplate what Jesus did for us on the cross.
- Ultimately, it points us to the hope of the resurrection and life everlasting.
- Even more so than before, we need to be in self-examination.
- Are we reflecting on our relationships, especially our need for God?
- Are we more aware of our mortality, our sin, and that the word of God is the only answer?
An article by Michelle Medlock Adams, posted on Guideposts.org, offers these 10 questions to aid in self-reflection:
- Am I openly, honestly and enthusiastically sharing the message of Jesus Christ with unsaved family members and those I encounter in everyday life?
- Do I have a gracious and patient attitude with the people in my life?
- Do I look for the best in others, or do I have a judgmental attitude?
- Am I spending enough time studying his word and praying?
- Do I have a thankful heart, or am I constantly complaining about situations and people in my life?
- What are the lurking sin problems that still tempt me?
- Do I speak up for the less fortunate, or do I remain silent and inactive?
- Do I stand up for my Christian beliefs, or do I compromise my faith in order to be politically correct?
- What is God dealing with me about right now: exercising to improve my health? Spending more time studying his word? Going back to school to further my education? Answering the call to go to the mission field?
- When people look at me, do they see a reflection of Jesus?
Be a Daily Reflection of Jesus!
All the above questions are worthy of asking as we spend time with the Lord. As we seek his face in the pages of scripture and in prayer, let’s be open to that still, small voice whispering in our spirits.
Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that ‘… the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’
If we want others to see Jesus in us, it requires us to stay focused on him and his word. Because we are flawed human beings with selfish tendencies, it requires us to die to self each morning.
Now, more than ever, we need to be reflecting God’s character. Seek is holy face in scripture and prayer. Let us be Easter people every day, giving thanks for the selfless sacrifice of God’s sinless Son.
Carol Round, Special to Assist News Service (www.assistnews.net founded by Dan Wooding), follows her passion of using her writing and speaking abilities to inspire others. Carol loves hearing from readers.
Recommended: Faith Matters (Carol uses everyday experiences to encourage her readers to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord. In Faith Matters, readers will find her down-to-earth sharing of real life and her Christian walk woven into each daily devotional). Links: Carol’s A Matter of Faith weekly column: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.carolaround.com. __________________________________________________________________________________