the result of our sinful, human nature. We vie and struggle to gain political and economic power. We fail to steward our environment. We do not care for the most vulnerable among us. We want to over-rule God in our decision making, and we try to make Him obsolete with scientific theories that merely explore and explain things He has created that are too high for us. In this season, God is exposing and weaning us from the love of this world.
That’s really all that is in the world. This is revealed in calamities like the one we’re facing. We see the result of our greed, disobedience to authority, and selfishness. We’re watching man’s inhumanity to man. The things upon which we’ve historically propped up our lives are in jeopardy: the prestige of work, our savings and retirement plans, experiences of travel, sporting and entertainment events, etc. The things we took for granted are now not available to us: hanging out with friends and extended family, enjoying co-workers, heading to church and other forms of community building. We’ve discovered what’s really important. The good thing is that history tells us that calamities do not last forever and prayerfully we can and will course-correct during and after this one. In the meantime…king David was fleeing for his life from king Saul, he asked God for mercy and declared that he would hide and rely on the LORD. This is a prayer we ought to pray in this season. “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”