Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from 2 Samuel 19-20; Luke 18:1-23
Friday’s: 2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 18:24-43    Saturday’s: 2 Samuel 23-24; Luke 19:1-27
Sunday’s: 1 Kings 1-2; Luke 19:28-48          Monday’s: 1 Kings 3-5; Luke 20:1-26

I find it quite amazing how quickly and completely the shift of concern has recently undergone in local congregations.  It seems like years ago that we were talking about the events which transpired in a sister congregation in Texas when a crazed individual open-fired during a worship service.  That, at the moment, seems like a very distant memory.  Of course, now the topic des jour is a steaming hot plate of COVID-19.  This may be a new concept for us, but as a very wise man once said, “…there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

We read of a time in Exodus 12 when God Himself called on His people to self-quarantine behind blood-stained doors (12:22).  The consequence for disobedience was severe (12:13).  Verse 28 of the same chapter tells us the Israelites were obedient in their preparations and their adherence to God’s instructions.  Their faith in, and obedience to, God and His commands was the key then, and it still is today, when it comes to “deliverance”.

We may die from a gunman’s bullet or a world-wide pandemic someday.  Or we may die in our sleep tonight.  But we can know we have eternal security, even in the midst of chaos, if we have been covered in the blood of the Lamb of God.  That’s a security protocol from which I draw immeasurable comfort and peace.

Best regards,

Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ