By Scott Dyer
March 28, 2020
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In this season of Coronavirus, I can feel fear pushing me to hide in my apartment with my wife, watch an unhealthy amount of television, and save every last penny (and roll of toilet paper) until it is finally safe to go outside again. But, when I read these passages, I’m challenged by Christ to remember to let my light shine before others, and to have faith “to cross the Jordan” and face my giant fears.
Today’s Deuteronomy passage shows the moment when the Israelites are commanded by God to cross the Jordan and take the promised land. But instead of being excited, the Israelites are shaking in their boots because they know that across the river lay the sons of the Anakim – a race of man-giants – who are prepared to fight to the death! So, many of the Israelites decide to be complacent. They had already conquered a lot of land east of the Jordan. It was enough for their families, so why put themselves in danger!?!
It is easy for us to think in this time, “I need to be extra careful, or I can’t afford to take any risks or to help anyone out.” The news and the world are telling us to be afraid and batten down the hatches because we no longer know what tomorrow holds for us. But the truth is, we never know what tomorrow will hold! Just as God commanded the Israelites to cross the Jordan to face their giants, I believe God is commanding us to let our light shine before others by being loving and generous even when it feels dangerous.
Join me in asking God to use His Church as a bright guiding light to the world during this season of fear.
I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.
— Psalm 69:30