The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?
When I arrived as pastor at Cirencester Baptist Church, I noticed that our administrator’s car was missing a hub cap. So I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to find her a replacement? So, whenever I’ve seen a hub cap lying by the roadside, I’ve checked to see if it’s the right model. It never was. I’ve seen hoards of hub caps – never the right one. (Now, I appreciate, I could just have gone on Amazon and bought one, but I’m a bit stingy!). So, I carried on looking. Then 2 weeks ago I said to her “Have you bought a new car?” Yes, she said. “Oh, and what nice hub caps you have.” I said.
11 years of looking – and I never found one.
Now if you are an avid collector of something – you will know this experience. According to our psalm, God is in the business of searching too:
2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
He is looking for something. He is looking for someone who is seeking Him. Someone who is seeking to live a godly life. But, His search is fruitless. He doesn’t find anyone. Every one of us has turned away.
Some of these verses in Psalm 53 are picked up in the New Testament when the Apostle Paul wants to explain how lost we are, how all of us have sinned. You can read it in Romans 3.
But, and it’s a big but, He didn’t leave off searching. The search continues. The Psalm finishes with a prayer:
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores his people,let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
God, please let salvation come from Zion (Jerusalem). This prayer was answered. Probably not in the way that David, who wrote it, expected. But one April evening hundreds of years later, David’s descendant would be dying on a wooden cross just outside Jerusalem. And it was this descendant who said shortly before he was crucified “The Son of Man [Jesus] has come to seek and save those that are lost.” (Luke 19:10)
God is searching relentlessly for people, lost people. You and me. All we need to do is allow Him to find us. It’s that simple. Although a word of warning, He will change your life forever.
May you hear God’s voice today. Love Matt