14 March 2020 (Let us Praise God and not put him to the test)

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A fair amount of preparation is happening int he Antipodes right now: to the point that the notebook of the current virus has had to be updated and updated during the day. But we should have peace. We should see that God is being merciful. For the last times will be brutal, and there will be some righteous who he takes to him in this.

We will grieve and mourn. We will rage. But we only see what is front of us. This is not a time to test God. It instead, is a time to draw on his riches.

For our witness will be a peace that passes understanding, even as the media rage and large meetings are ceasing.

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you would hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,
“When your fathers tested Me,
They tried Me, though they had seen My work.
“For forty years I loathed that generation,
And said they are a people who err in their heart,
And they do not know My ways.
“Therefore I swore in My anger,
Truly they shall not enter into My rest.”

What we forget, in our move to enter into blessing, is that the desert and times of trial is when you find the provision of God. Though we have always tested him.

Exodus 16:27-35

It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions? See, the Lord has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.

The house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, white, and its taste was like wafers with honey. Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded, ‘Let an omerful of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread that I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’” Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept throughout your generations.” As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the Testimony, to be kept. The sons of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

We may have to self isolate. There may be national quarantines. There will be bans on travel and on large meetings. Does not matter. Dig deep into the Lord, Spend time with your spouse and family. Care for your parents and kids.

We may not be able to have thousands meeting, but we can still praise God.