“For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” – Psalm 71:5 (NIV)
As news of the corona pandemic started spreading there was a noticeable human behaviour world over. Panic buying. In quick succession shelves were wiped in many supermarkets of essentials, especially, for some reason, toilet paper! Then others not content started also queuing up for guns, just in case.
There have been certainly good reasons for some of those who have bought good in mass. Like to protect one’s family from starvation caused by a prolonged lockdown, just in case. However, some have only been motivated by greed and lack of regard for one’s neighbour. There have been numerous cases of individuals who strip shops of all essentials completely unmindful of the next buyer.
Panic buying and hoarding has revealed two major things. First, where the hope of many people is. Because they have no faith that God is watching over them then their refuge is to amass trolleys of goods. The challenge here is what happens when they all finish up! Where do you look up to then?
And then there is fear. This fear has also been driven because people have no hope in a protector watching out for them. Hence they think by turning their homes into warehouses of goods they will be safe.
But there is a sovereign God who is watching over His people, ever, in good and bad times. When seized with fear just remember, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:3, NIV)
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus amen of Nazareth, that in times as these of a pandemic I never look elsewhere but put all my trust in you!