To the Conrad Eagle Nation.
It seems as though so much has changed since last week when we were last together. I must tell you, we are now living in a world that we have never seen before. But we follow the same God that has and always will be faithful. Do you remember the first verse we looked at last week in Ephesians 1:
“That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks.”
The other morning as I was praying about the condition of our world, the fear of this virus, possible unemployment, and all of the potential issues that have occurred and might intensify, a bad economy, and what about school…. I told God that this would be the perfect time for Him to show His power and compassion.
After a moment of silence He responded…
“Wow, Greg, thats a wonderful idea.”
I sat quietly for several minutes waiting for Him to say more about my ever growing spiritual insight. He remained silent.
And then He stayed silent.
Finally, I heard a whisper of a voice say…”I understand what you are thinking and what you are trying to say but consider this…I made everything in heaven and on earth. And by creative intent, all of my creation was for one purpose, to show myself to the creation above every other earthly creature. Everything I made was to show you who I AM. And everything in creation does that. Well, almost everything. I made the human different. I made them human beings, capable of knowing and living in a relationship with me. Nothing else in creation is like them. I breathed into them a spiritual life so that they could know that I loved them and offered the opportunity if they wanted a relationship me, it was theirs. Nothing they had to do to be worthy, I took care of all of that; just accept me and I’ll accept you.
So this virus, which lives in my world, has the same purpose as all of my creation, to reveal who I am and how much I love people.
I said, “Lord I really don’t get that.”
He replied, “You know all of creation, with the exception of humankind, live out their creative intent. People want to do their own their own thing to try and prove to themselves that they are as good at being god as I am. But their decisions far to often, are generally self indulgent to the point of hurting themselves and others. But I love them anyway and I am always working to help pull them back into a relationship with me.”
Then He said, “I see your doubts”
Now, I know, no one wants to be sick, or want the people they care about to suffer and possibly die. But that was not part of my creative intent. It is the result of human beings not living out their created intent. But they are quick to dismiss me and my plan for a fulfilling life for everyone of them. But when tree plans don’t work out, they do like to blame me.
They ask everyday, ‘God why did you do this to me? If you love me you wouldn’t allow this to happen to me’.
And they think I’m bothering them when they begin to change the natural order of creative intent and unhealthy consequences occur. They don’t seem to understand I have tried to keep those things away from their lives.
So, does the virus only hurt the people who have done wrong?
No, the virus is not a punishment. It is a natural part of the biological world, good and bad people can suffer because of viruses. Viruses are the largest number of living organism in the world. They are in almost every living creature. Some have a positive impact on their hosts, others can be very serious.
Though I did not create viruses to bring harm to men, when they are introduced into a society, they can do a lot of harm. But I have promised to work in everything, if you will allow me.
Think of some of the things that have been accomplished by this virus.
What might stop the fighting of nations so that they turn their attention to fighting for their people?
What else could have stopped the angry words and evil allegations of our own government and now they share a common goal of helping their people?
What else would remind us that we are always only six feet away from the possibility of death?
What has caused more families to spend more time together?
What has caused those that abuse their spouses and children to be identified and brought to justice?
Its been along time since any preaching closed down any bars and clubs. How many lives and families has this saved for the moment and in the future?
What else has called so many around the world to reach out to me?
Do you know how many doors of opportunities are being opened because of these changes?
He waited for my response. I said nothing.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“I love you all, The Father”
Parents, I hope you are taking time to reassure your children, reminding them that God loves us and every moment works to draw us closer to Him.
If there is any way I can be of assistance to your family, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Praying for you all.