Silence ...

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"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast."
Isaiah 26: 20.

I trust that this little line from me finds you and your loved ones well and safely tucked away from Covid-19.

Who would have thought right at the beginning of this year that just weeks into the future here we would all be either locked down or severely restricted in our movements because of this horrible pandemic!

Life is surreal!  It's like being in a film set or a dream, only each morning when I wake up, life is still strange, very strange indeed!  Industries have ground to a halt, buying and selling is only permitted for absolute necessities, the roads and freeways are almost empty, and the sound of children playing in the streets is but a memory.  Here, as in other places worldwide we are in lockdown!

It feels as if the world has stopped spinning and we are suspended in another dimension.  I can never remember a time like this when everything was so quiet!  I open my windows and there is only the sound of the wind passing through the trees and birds calling to each other.


However, this crisis hasn't completely had the upper hand over everyone because although most of us are locked down, I believe some of those old fashioned principles once suffocated under the pressure of fast paced living are beginning to emerge once again.  Now everything has slowed down, people are gradually appreciating the value of home and family again, and are rightfully appreciating those who serve us, and are more compassionate towards the less fortunate and the vulnerable.  AND of course, people are more conscious of their mortality ... there's nothing like a crisis to turn the hearts of the people to God, who is our only hope.

I get the feeling that He is trying to get our attention!

Of course, those old fashioned principles are God like in character and being conscious of our mortality has been put there in our heart by God Himself.  Covid-19 is a wakeup call for all of us!  Perhaps it will be the last one everyone gets before events on God's timetable take place shortly.  Jesus is coming again as He promised!  He will come suddenly for those who are waiting for Him - Don't be left behind! 

God in His loving and merciful heart doesn't want anyone to perish but that all should come to repentance, fully trust in Him and allow Him to save them.  And He doesn't want His people to have a saved soul and a lost and wasted life either, so He is using a situation brought about by this virus to create a 'silence' that has rarely happened in human history.

These are unprecedented times and believe it or not we are a very privileged people; for although there is the concern that comes packaged with Covid-19, the eternal God who loves us has got us all locked down and quiet to allow the possibility to hear him speak ....

"... And after the fire a still small voice."
1 Kings 19: 12.

"Be still, and know that I am God."
Psalm 46: 10.

Now that the fire and fury of fast paced living has been dissolved for a while and we have no choice but slow down or stop completely in some cases, now it is quiet enough to hear the 'still small voice of God' ... if we're listening!  Humble yourself before Him, and open up your Bible; because He has a promise especially for you: "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." James 4: 8.

Please know this, that God doesn't waste afflictions or a crisis like this one, and it would be a great loss to miss what He wants you to know right now in the midst of all the suffocating uncertainties. 

First of all there is one thing of which we can be sure ...
and that is the uncertainty of tomorrow!

Why not use the concern about tomorrow and the future to drive you to the One who knows the beginning from the end.  This is the One who cares for your soul more than you do and wants to give to you a certain future, an unshakable faith and a hope that is unquenchable.

He sent His precious Son into the world over two-thousand years ago to do something we cannot do for ourselves.  Sin is a greater foe than Covid-19 because it separates people from God robbing them of a personal relationship with Him and a hope for the future.  But the death of Jesus on the cross eradicated the problem, satisfied an offended God about our sin and provides hope, forgiveness, and cleansing.  This precious rose from the dead on the third day and is now a living Man in heaven.  Soon His people are going to be taken up to be with Him where He is.

Living in a time of so many uncertainties, God's remedy for our dilemma is something certain, steadfast and sure.  Now, doesn't that sound like something we all need?

Treasure the silence while you can.  Lift your heart to God in prayer and search for Him with all your heart.  Until this crisis you perhaps would never have thought of doing that before.  But wouldn't it be a wonderful thing to look back one day and be grateful for the lockdown order, because perhaps there in the silence you found Hope in the God of mercy, the unspeakable joy of sins forgiven and the precious promise of a home in heaven.

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him;
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."
Isaiah 55: 6-7



>> Do you have any questions or comments about your concerns during this uncertain period and what it all means to you?  I would love to hear from you - why not say hello down below!

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  1. Peter Vestergaard Olsen

    Hello Amanda, I can confirm that Isaiah 26:20 is a word from the Lord in these times. It came to me some years ago at the time of the rising international tensions . Also, I will recommend you and the believers reading here to meditate on Psalm 91. It is so fitting in several passages. We should fear God, not the circumstances; they have already been predicted by Jesus when he talked about the woes, the birth pangs, coming before his return. Bless you, Amanda. Peter

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