As the United States continues to learn more about the coronavirus and begins to take precautions it’s inevitable people are going to panic.
Like a virus, panic sweeps over the nation and infects millions.
Measures are being taken to lessen the spread, and despite the measures themselves being good, it is the reaction from others that induces panic. Despite what people may fear, it is very possible to get supplies for your household without going overboard. Yet, many are going off the deep end and grabbing whatever means they deem necessary.
Why? To what end will people go to feel comfort? To who do they turn to?
ALL THE TOILET PAPER!
How Toilet Paper Relates To God’s “Recklessness”
Fear does a lot of interesting stuff to us.
THINK ABOUT THIS -Some hoarders struggle to let go of trash. They will make every excuse in the world to keep an old wrapper. “It can be used for something… eventually. I need it. You don’t understand.”
People have different reasons for how and why they become hoarders. Some grew up with it in their childhood. Some lost everything they once had. Some use material items to fill voids in their hearts, souls, and minds that seemingly always need to be filled.
Two things hoarders share in common with the public panic of today:
- Fear of the unknown
When people are afraid they become desperate, and desperation with its sense of hopelessness, that all is lost, will cause others to make some very rash and careless decisions. Anything to fill their void, their fear of uncertainty. Anything to give them a brief sense of hope and control. Anything to give them comfort. Toilet paper.
Naturally, people become reckless.
*pause* Wasn’t there a song about God being reckless? That His love was overwhelmingly reckless? Hmm…
People fighting in desperation over toilet paper is not worthy to step within the vicinity of what it meant for Jesus to become a servant and become the unblemished Lamb for the atonement sacrifice for us. We cannot say the two are similar. But I’ll tell you this, one is being reckless (without a purpose and plan) and one is showing unconditional love (with a purpose and plan).
GOD IS NEVER RECKLESS
Now, let me ask you… compare the reckless actions taking place in the United State right now and tell me honestly…do you REALLY THINK that is how our God acts? Do you think God is EVER rash? Even when the Israelites infuriated Him, He did not immediately react, and He was willing to listen to Moses before making a decision. The Old Testament is full of God’s plan for the Messiah. Centuries of His plan and the progression of the prophets praising the Lord for the Savior to come. God is not rash, and He certainly is not hopeless. Believe it or not, God is a PROBLEM SOLVER!
(NIV) Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
(NIV) 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, “May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
The Father isn’t reckless. Jesus Christ isn’t reckless. The Holy Spirit is certainly not reckless. The reason people are desperate for toilet paper is out of recklessness. Fear. They do not have Jesus as their example, their hope, and their Savior. They are trying to store things on earth in hopes that it fills them, but it will not. True peace and comfort come from the Lord, whether or not we have supplies. Whenever we turn to people or items on this earth at some point they will fail us. God never will.
Perfect love casts out all fear. God is love. Jesus is truth.
(NIV) John 14:06, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
(NIV) 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Jesus drives out fear. We are not made perfect because of sin. We need Christ. He transforms us. He helps us repent. He makes us a new creation. When the world is struggling, Jesus makes us content. He is our hope and light in the darkness and He is our peace amidst the chaos.
Remember, our hope is not in this world. It is not within our own sense of control. It is in Jesus! That’s how we get through! Do not hold onto the cardboard “scroll” that brings brief comfort. Rather, cling to the scroll of truth. Bind it upon your heart. Memorize the truth upon your lips in this time of chaos. Be the light on the hill to those around.
We need to be Christlike and loving, especially to those who frustrate us. I know many are struggling with the temptation of anger because of the actions of others. It’s a time in which finger-pointing is how we spend the hours. Lines are drawn in the sand, and people choose sides, making assumptions. Do not be caught in this trap brothers and sisters of Christ. Jesus crosses the line because He sees no difference in anyone, regardless of their sinful behavior.
This can be a great opportunity to witness. People who are deceived and afraid…they need Jesus, too. They need to see Christ in us!
Desperation… it’s not fun and not easy. BUT GOD CAN USE IT FOR HIS GLORY BECAUSE HE IS NOT RECKLESS AND ALWAYS HAS A PLAN AND A PURPOSE!
(Mike Winger did a great video analyzing the song Reckless Love looking at the lyrics and scripture, as well as sharing the singer’s intent with the song. if you would like to check it out- Thinking Biblically About Reckless Love)
How are you staying grounded in Christ during this time?
Encouraging Christian Song– Strong Enough by Matthew West
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:03, “You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.”
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