Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I don't think I am alone when I wonder what God is doing these days. Yesterday morning I watched the daily COVID-19 update given by the Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo. Being from New York and having family in New York, news outlets from New York habitually make their way across my social media feeds. The daily update was informative and inspiring in a way. As Cuomo got towards the end of his update, he said that 'despite being called to isolation and distance for some time, we were to become more spiritually connected.' "Spiritually connected to what?" I wondered.
He ended his daily update with an open-ended question, "How do you achieve [being] socially distanced, but spiritually connected? I don't have the answer." He added. "But I know the question." He said. It took me a few seconds to internalize what I had just heard. Millions of New Yorkers and Americans had just been encouraged to go deeper spiritually by one of the highest authorities of our land. The prophet Jeremiah reminds us in one of the most loved chapters of scripture, 'If we seek God we will find Him, if we seek Him with all our hearts.'
God is on the move among the seekers of today. More than likely Governor Cuomo is not the only one asking spiritual questions. I do not know Governor Cuomo or the texture of his heart, but the sense that I get is that moments like the one we're in have a way of getting even the hardest hearts to begin asking questions about that which is real and able to endure. Here's the promise in today's text, no matter how many twist and turns seekers take if they are honest about their seeking they will always get to Jesus.
Today and in the days ahead be on the lookout for people who are asking spiritual questions. And ask yourself if you have an answer for Governor's Cuomo's question if a seeker were to ask.
Question to consider this week: How can God be using this current situation to make me more like Him?
Action step: Tell someone that God loves them today online, in person or on the phone. If the opportunity presents itself, share the Gospel with them from John 3:16.
State the problem (Sin - Romans 3:23).
State the solution (Jesus - John 3:16).
Ask the question (Do you believe that Jesus loved you so much to give His life for you so that you could have eternal life?) And then let silence do the heavy lifting. If they say yes, walk them through praying (Romans 10:9-11) and find a way to connect them to a Jesus-centered community, maybe even ours.
Prayer: Lord, do what You want to do in me so that You can do what you want to do through me. Help me to seek, and connect seekers to You, all of my days. In Jesus' name, amen.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)