27 April 2020

Following on from yesterday, God is less interested in our current discomfort than in our sanctification. That we would be found holy, like God. Consider this: we have been forced to live, 24/7, with our families. You may love your spouse deeply and profoundly. But they will annoy the living daylights out of you over that period, and there will be conflicts. You will be a doofus. Your bad habits will become apparent.

The usual methods recommended by many — take walk or a drive, visit friends, get counsel, see a counselor don’t work when you are locked down and the distance you can walk is regulated, as is what you can buy, or how you can work. There have been reports of police in NZ — rumours only — asking for ID when stopping drivers and when a nurse shows her ID and says she’s on the way to work asking for the roster.

But we will continue to do good. Our faith is guaranteed by God, beyond the rules of this world; we are part of his kingdom, not of this world. For the things of this world will decay, rust, and become a research project for historians.

1 Peter 1:23-25

23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All flesh is like grass,
And all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
And the flower falls off,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word which was preached to you.

NASB

Our birth in Christ is promised by the incarnate word of God: Christ himself, and he cannot lie to himself.. He is not man, fallen, who will lie and decisive.

This world hates that level of truth, for it hurts. But in this time of trial, we are being refined. So we, like him, can walk in the light, glorifying God, and persevering not for a season, buf forever.