Zephaniah 3:17 Scripture Art

~ Today’s Scripture Art and mini Bible study are designed to compliment what God is teaching me during the pandemic. ~

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The Lord has something for you to learn during this pandemic.

You can bank on that.

He never wastes a teaching opportunity. In fact, learning, changing and becoming more and more like Jesus through our various circumstances should be our goal.

So, do you know what He wants you to learn through this crazy time? 

If not, allow me to give you a gentle nudge. It’s time to ask Him!

What’s your unique lesson?

Find out what He wants YOU to learn by spending extra time with Him in prayer and in His Word. 

I’m sure He has something different for each of us through these extraordinary times, but maybe we can encourage and help each other if we share what He’s teaching us. 

I will be sharing this post to Emily P. Freeman’s quarterly “What We Learned” series. You know how I feel about life-long learning (especially from the Bible), so let’s take a minute and take stock of what God has for us right now.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are 7 things I’m learning during this pandemic.

Of course, seven!

7 Things God Is Teaching Me During the Pandemic

{1} The Lord wants to spend more time with me.

Because He enjoys my company! 

Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV): The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

I usually think about time with the Lord backwards – that I should want to spend time with Him.

But it changes my whole attitude to think that He might stop the whole world because He wants to spend more time with me. Little ‘ol me!

Early on in this shut-down I felt called to add a significant amount of Jesus-time to my days. I read more of my Bible, spent more time in prayer and praise, and did a lot of #bingewritingScripture.

God blessed our time together in all kinds of ways! (Read on …)

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{2} The Lord wants me to wait on Him.

Isaiah 33:2 (ESV): O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.

A You Version Bible email reminded me that “Waiting reveals what you worship. When the Israelites’ plans were delayed, they pursued instant gratification because that’s what they actually valued.”

I need to learn to wait well – let the Lord be my arm every morning – and remind myself that He wasn’t withholding His promise from the Israelites, He was preparing them for it.

We’re smack in the middle of the preparing, waiting on the promise.

I have no doubt, it will be worth the wait!

{3} The Lord wants me to learn from history.

Have you been wondering why God would allow the closing of all our churches – even if it’s only temporary?

Well, I don’t claim to have the answer, but we can learn from a time in the Bible where God did want to shut the temple doors …

Malachi 1:10 (NLT): “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.

Why was He not pleased with them?

Malachi 1:13 (NLT): You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks the Lord.

Wow. I had to ask myself, have I ever whined that it was too hard to serve the Lord?

Did Jesus whine when He had to die on the cross for me?

What kinds of sacrifices do I bring to Him?

I need to make sure I’m giving God my best. After all, He gave His best for me.

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{4} The Lord wants me to be eager to maintain unity.

Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV): I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

I gotta tell ya, there are a lot of differing opinions out there about how to handle this pandemic. And I’ve cringed at seeing some bad-mouthing and making fun of the “other camp” – even among Christians. 

When I’ve wanted to jump in with my supposedly-superior opinion, I need to remember that these times are unprecedented and all the camps are learning as they go. And more importantly, I am called to humbly bear with one another in love and patience. 

With all humility and gentleness.

Please allow me one little soapbox tip …

For goodness sake, before posting your opinion or making fun of others on social media, always ask yourself: is this maintaining unity in the bond of peace? Or is it just stirring the pot?

What would Jesus post?

{5} The Lord wants me to count everything as loss.

Philippians 3:8 (ESV): Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

I need to keep a singular focus: gain Christ.

7 Things God is Teaching Me through Uncertain Times - plus scripture art of Zephaniah 3:17

{6} The Lord wants me to know the Secret.

Philippians 4:12-13 (ESV): I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

The secret to being satisfied no matter the circumstance is living in Christ.

Do not attempt to live in this world in your own strength. We were not made to be able to do it without Him.

John 16:33 (ESV): I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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{7} The Lord wants me to practice what I preach. 

FYI: When you share a “Fear Not” Journal with the world, you better be prepared to live it out! {grin}

I am happy to report that it works!

Well, it’s not the journal that works, but the living Scriptures inside the journal.

If you have been struggling with fear or anxiety, I encourage you to dig deep into the 365 fear verses found in the Bible. They can be a lifeline for you during these uncertain times!

Okay, there you have it – 7 things that God has been teaching me during the pandemic.

I am curious to hear what He is teaching you!

*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!

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