OCCUPY – even with Covid

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So we are mostly still locked down. Moods range from miserable to desperately miserable. What few smiles are left are hidden by masks. Are we suffering a plague from God? Is Jesus about to come rescue us? Or, do we just hate the bat-eaters?

I will point out a couple of stories from the Bible which might tell us how to deal with this. First off was when the Hebrews were taken into Babylon for seventy years. God told them to go, build homes, and basically follow the rules of the Babylonians (except for worship). Go along to get along.

The other is a Jeremiah story from Chapter 32 of Jeremiah which might shed some light on how to deal with our Covid situation. Here was an example of Jeremiah’s trust in God.

While Jeremiah was in prison, a cousin offered to sell him land. Following God’s direction, he bought it and sealed the title in a clay jar to be put away for many days. Jeremiah is puzzled and he asks God “And thou hast said to me, O Lord God, buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses: for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.” God assures Jeremiah that he is going to bring his people back.

Now I want to point out that God was not offended by Jeremiah’s questions. “How” or “why” questions may be just a means of conversation rather than expressions of doubt or lack of faith when they come as a part of a loving, intimate relationship with God.

Part of God’s response to Jeremiah was a verse we all know well, “Is there anything too hard for me?” Are you puzzled about something that is too hard for you? I am; I do ask him about it. He still assures me that he is trustworthy and that nothing is too hard for him.

I am not telling you to buy or sell land or other assets. I know nothing about that. But I believe He will listen as you talk to Him about your situation. Do you need to change jobs? Will your business survive? Make your decisions with trust in God, not in fear. God has it all under control.

Occupy until he comes. Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Other translations say; Do business – till I come. In other words engage in trade with what you have been given. Take what you have and put it to work.

The comment on scripture above is from

Occupy Till I Come Sermon by Mark Baker, Luke 19:13 …http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/occupy-till-i-come-mark-baker-sermon-on-church-body-of-c

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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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8 Responses to OCCUPY – even with Covid

  1. Sounds like we need to keep on keeping on!!

  2. Encouraging words. Thank you!

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like God’s reminder: “Is there anything too hard for me?”

  4. Faye says:

    Bless you as you look at this difficult subject. Even in our relatively remote area masks are now deemed necessary for ALL our ‘ in town’ activities. Situation is becoming more difficult even now its 2021. Cast out all FEAR. This is destructive.
    Know WHO you are in Christ! WISE Word. OCCUPY. From wherever your place ,,,,,,,,,………..be THE LIGHT conductor to others by word of mouth, expression of face (even behind the mask) and in what you write,,,,,,,,, OCCUPY. Even Job came to his reality . MY REDEEMER LIVETH. We now have God the Spirit to Lead and guide us. What Blessed people we can continue to be IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL.
    Thoughts and prayers to All. I am looking forward to further insights from your posts Oneta.

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