Living in a Covid-19 World #22


True Riches:

The Value of a Good Name

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Prv. 22:1)

We live in a world where the question “what’s in it for me?” is the measuring rod of all that people do and say. We see it as nations jostle for position as they protect their own interests. It will surely be seen in individuals as a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus is developed, wanting to make sure that they get the shot that will ensure their safety.

This is a world that complains about the integrity of politicians as they make lofty promises, but deliver little. A “dog-eat-dog” mentality rules the business sector and corruption is not only expected, there are times that it is applauded. I wish I could say that followers of Christ live radically different than others around them, but that is often not the case. What’s a person to do in such a world?

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Living in a Covid-19 World #21


The “Shees” of the Question

To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3)

OK – you have to be a Brazilian to understand the title of this colorful Portuguese saying; but it gets to the point of this verse. The literal translation of ‘Xis’ da Questão is to say “the X of a question,” or the main point of a matter.

I bring this up because I see an alarming number of people, Christ-followers included, who defend their behavior with an “ends justifying the means” sense of logic. It doesn’t matter how I act or what I say if the eventual outcome aligns itself with a good outcome. Our current Covid-19 crisis has brought this attitude to the forefront in the lives of political leaders, social media stars, and ordinary people.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #20


The Darkest Place on Earth

The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being. (Proverbs 20:27)

I spoke the other day to a friend who is passing through a deep depression. His confidence has been rocked by the events of the crisis and he’s wondering if he’ll ever see light at the end of his personal “Covid-19 tunnel.” I asked him if he’d ever gone down into a deep cave and experienced absolute darkness? Then I told him this story.

As a young boy our family visited the Lewis & Clarke caverns in Montana. At one point of the tour our cleaver guide warned us that he was turning off the lights.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #19


 

Where Fools Rush In

It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. (Proverbs 19:2)

 

“You rush in where angels fear to tread.” That was one of the favourite sayings of my High School drafting teacher, but the problem was that he seemed to like to use it with me.

If you have listened to the Covid-19 newscasts you have heard many statements that were made one day, only to be retracted the next. Promises of additional testing and eventual defeat of the pandemic have flourished, only to flounder in the face of hard evidence and lack of resources.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #18


Where do you go in times of trouble?

This weekend Canadians are celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend; the unofficial start of the summer season. In the past they have been able to go and take refuge at a summer cottage, or to travel and be with friends and family. But this year is going to be different.

It is interesting to watch as people’s normal schedules or routines have been altered by the conditions and travel restrictions that Covid-19 has placed upon us. The standard places where we have been able to seek rest and refuge have been lost or uprooted. It’s not easy to have your whole world turned upside-down.

A few years ago Rhonda and I had the opportunity to travel to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. We visited several medieval castles; the places of refuge of kings and kingdoms remain as a testimony to the different realms that ruled the land, whether it be pre-Christian Phoenicians, Roman Emperors, Moorish princes, or post-12th Century Christian kingdoms.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #17


A Wise Fool?

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

(Proverbs 17:28)

 

Have you ever caught yourself, stopping just short of saying something that you might regret for the rest of your life? There is wisdom in showing restraint in our words, especially as we live during a time of tension and uncertainty.

The Book of Proverbs takes extraordinary pains to discuss the perils of a person who is incapable of controlling their tongue. This 17th chapter is no exception, and the title of “fool” is reserved for them, reflecting the state of their heart.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #16


Change of Plans

To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.       (Proverbs 16:1-3)

Have you been forced to change any of your plans this year? We had a great adventure planned, joining our daughter in Norway at the end of the summer and taking a 12-day road trip to explore the Fjords. It was going to be a trip of a lifetime!

We had other plans too – things we wanted to get done and people we hoped to visit. It was all put on hold by Covid-19. We were made painfully aware that we are not in control of things, but equally reminded that God is.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #15


Ruling the Rudder

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly … The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Prov. 15:1-2, 4)

The first words of Proverbs Chapter Fifteen reminded me of yesterday’s verse, except that the author begins with a positive statement. It is all about controlling our speech, but this time with a positive bent. The impact of someone who knows how to use their words wisely produces peace, offers up timely knowledge and brings healing.

The Old Testament story of Abigail is a personification of the principle in Proverbs Chapter Fifteen. With one gracious and gratitude-filled statement, she turned David’s wrath into pity; his anger into action that reflected godly character.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #14


 

What are you thirsty for?

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life … (Prov. 14:22)

When was the last time you worked outside, under the hot sun? One of the advantages of the closure of my office due to Covid-19, is that I’m working out of our house. This gives me some flexibility to my schedule, and I’ve been able to get some of the spring yard work done. This week I got my office work done early and took advantage of a sunny afternoon to clean my deck. When the day was done, there was nothing better than pouring an ice-cold glass of refreshing water.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #13


 

In the Company of Godly Friends

Last week I received two phone calls that came completely “out of the blue.” Friends were calling to see how we are coping with all of the changes and challenges of the pandemic world we live in. We talked for a long time, sharing what we were learning and how we were adjusting to everything. It was a joy to spend some time “together.”

Friendships like that enrich us and make us better people. They help us to face tough circumstances and to act with grace and godly character. It is no surprise that we become like the people that we associate with; we become like the people that we hang out with. As we rub shoulders with godly men and women, something rubs off on us.

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