Why would I turn to such a sobering passage of Scripture at a time like this? Yes, I desire to comfort, encourage, and strengthen each person who visits this website. I realize there is a great need for that in these days. At the same time, the enemy is taking advantage of our isolation and social distancing to weaken the minds and hearts of some. For them and you, I cannot keep silent.
Jesus was aware of dangers from thinking that we are exempt from the current crisis. He addressed those who only pointed their finger at others who died in a crisis. “And He answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”” (Luke 13:2–5).
In any crisis, big or small, this same danger exists. Instead of finger pointing, we should be asking the question, ‘what is the Lord saying to me?’ Are we holding back in some area of our walk with the Lord? Do we give Jesus control of only certain parts of our life, but the other parts we keep tightly under our control?
We often point to circumstances as an excuse for not being fully surrendered to Jesus. Physical limitations and hardships are not the problem. It’s the barriers in our hearts that we have not repented of. They can only be removed by humble repentance.
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