Since everyone is doing quarantine countdowns, “How To’s” on everything from dealing with anxiety and stress to defining the ‘new normal’. I did not want to post anything within those realms and coming up with something positive is very important for my readers.
In contemplating this week’s post, I am reminded of a time we used to go into the church and do what was called a “Shut-in.” This is a service that is still promoted in African American churches today. A Shut-in is when we go into the church, close the doors of the church, and pray until we receive a word from the Lord. Members would fast before time. Some services last for three to seven hours or even three to four days. Then the Holy Spirit would move upon the people in all sorts of ways and God’s word revealed.
… just maybe, God is calling us to…
Perhaps this is what’s happening with those of us who are shut-in and can’t leave the house today. Maybe, just maybe, God is calling us to shut-in with the word and prayer to get a better understanding of the current state of affairs not only with the world, but most importantly with how God relates to us during such life changing events.
Our trials, or tests; are not designed for us to ask why. But are designed so we can examine ourselves and not be deceived by what we see, feel or hear in the midst of them. Humanism dictates we escape these trials when we really need to understand that being removed from them could cost us our destinies or an unwanted rerun in the Desert of Despair. How? By allowing our ignorance of the truth to completely shut us down. So instead of your knight progressing to King 3, he gets captured in the first move and is taken from the game. Fact must always line up with truth, not our emotions.
Daniel never ceased praying…
That’s what I admire about Daniel. Although king Darius signed a decree preventing anyone from calling on their god for thirty days except him; Daniel never ceased praying as he’d always done. Because he knew fact must line up with truth. For it is written, the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:6) Even though going against this decree would cause the guilty party to be thrown into a den of lions. The king was coaxed into signing it by some very jealous politicians who felt Daniel did not deserve his promotion—they should’ve gotten it, because he was not one of them. He was an exile from Judah.
While in his house, Daniel was caught praying by those same jealous politicians; who immediately ran and told the king. Daniel was then cast into the lion’s den. He was shut-in, but he was not shut down. God sent an angel to take the taste for flesh out the mouths of the lions so Daniel could be at peace. The next morning when king Darius called Daniel’s name, he exclaimed. “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” (Daniel 6:21-22)
Just keep praying and studying…
Right now while you are shut-in you may feel like you can’t take another day of isolation and you want to completely shut down. But just remember, the same God that saved Daniel can save you from those ferocious thoughts of anger, fear, frustration and hopelessness. Just keep praying and studying His word. Then like Daniel you will come out with a renewed faith knowing fact must line up with truth. And the good news—although you were shut-in you did not shut down.
To all of my readers thank you for your continued support. If there are other topics you’d like to read about please let me know. Blessings and Peace.
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