Wednesday Weekly – May 27, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Rick Fisk

“Unprecedented” is the word we have heard used uncountable times since the COVID-19 pandemic started. It simply means, we have never been here before; we have never experienced what we are currently living through.

As an undergraduate I earned a dual major in sociology and Bible. During my career, I was provided the opportunity to teach Sociology 101, as an adjunct college instructor. Moving from being a student to being an instructor in the study of sociology, tuned my ear differently. So…when I hear “unprecedented” used as repeatedly as it has been the last three months, I immediately look for cause and effect.

Obviously, the cause has been the COVID-19 pandemic but, the effects have not been so obvious. In the last two weeks I have read articles, listened to discussions on Zoom calls, and talked with friends. These sources are all trying to “tease out” what effects they are feeling as they confront a very scary and rampant disease, and as they experience life sheltering in place. I have heard words such as lethargic, sad, frustrated, depressed. In conversation a friend said, “I have about a half-hour of computer work I need to do to move ahead on a project, and I just cannot muster the energy to get it done.”  

I identify with my friend. I have found myself wandering through a day or parts of a day, without purpose or any planned activity; lethargic would be my word. So, before I sat down to write this devotion, I pulled a file which contains articles, fliers, quotes and stories. I compiled it  thinking one day they might spark an idea for a speech I need to give, or perhaps even a devotional I need to write. 

I think what I was looking for was Hope. I found it in a descriptive flier compiled by John Stumbo, current president of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. Under the simple heading of “WE HAVE…”, these are summary thoughts accompanied by a Scriptural reference. I selected ones that spoke hope to my spirit, I trust they will do the same for you!

the hope of eternal life, Titus 3:7
Christ dwelling in our hearts, Ephesians 3:17
access to the throne, Hebrews 4:16
a heavenly home being prepared for us, John 14: 1-2
authority over the power of the enemy, Luke 10:19
a God of all comfort, 2 Corinthians 1:3
a Savior who died for us, Romans 5:8
a Healer who restores us, James 5:15
a King who returns for us, Revelation 22:12
the Spirit who fills us, Ephesians 5:18
the Spirit who guides us, John 16:13
a faith of greater worth than gold, 1 Peter 1:7
everything we need for life, 2 Peter 2:1
our names written in the book of life, 2 Peter 2:1