21 Mar Behold Him – 3/21/20
Taylor & Rachel Antone
Psalm 46:8-9 – Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire
COME BEHOLD. I recently received an invitation from a close friend to attend a wedding this upcoming June. As I opened the invitation I began to notice its detail, and remembered all the effort and preparation that went into sorting through Rachael and I’s wedding invitations. At the beginning of verse eight the Psalmist gives us a simple invitation, “come.” He invites people to observe the reality that God has always destroyed Israel’s enemies. God delivered Israel from the threat of bows and spears. Today we are witnessing our world fight an enemy not visible to the naked eye. Yet the invitation to behold His works remains the same. This is an invitation to behold His sovereignty, His goodness, His power, and His justice.
HE MAKES WARS CEASE. As a medical provider I am seeing the effects of COVID-19 firsthand. This invisible enemy has left patients fearful, frantically refilling their medications, and concerned for their well-being. Amidst the chaos and high demand for medical care, it is easy to lose focus of where our help comes. Remembering that He burns the chariots with fire, leaves me confident that God is more powerful than anything we face in this life. Jesus has already defeated our greatest enemy, sin, when He sacrificed His life for those who believe. I encourage you today that whether your fear is COVID-19 or personal inner turmoil, trust that God is working, and He is with you. Behold His works in your own life and praise Him for His goodness.
- Pray against the enemy in your life and the life of our church. That we would not be absent minded with the extra time at home but rather we would use it to “behold his works.”
- Pray about who you need to give an invitation too. Who in your life needs you to give them this eternal perspective, to remind them of your God and how He’s been faithful to you in the past and He remains faithful today?
- Pray for those who are sick and those who fear sickness. Praise God that He is the healer, not us, and we do not need to worry but you can trust Him.