The New Normal

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The “new normal,” we keep hearing this term in relation to the new way we have to live our lives because of COVID-19. So what does this “new normal” look like? There is a very real chance sports teams start playing in empty stadiums soon. It is likely that we have to wear masks for many more months. The government has overstretched its control and will continue to do so in the following months. Travel will continue to be limited at best. On top of that, who knows what our education system will look like when students return to class. With all the changes we have seen and will continue to experience, how comforting is it that our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and will be the same for the rest of eternity? His Promise Never Changes Acts 2:38 promises… (38) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit… The terms of this agreement do not change from season to season, the price of our salvation was paid once for all of our sins. Repent for the remission of sin, in faith that Jesus is the Lord and offers salvation for that faith. The economy does not change these terms, the reaction to coronavirus does not change these terms, under no circumstance does God change the conditions of this agreement. That is something to be thankful for! His Expectations Remain The Same 1 John 5:3 reminds us… (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome… This “new normal” does not change God’s expectations of us. We are still to obey His commandments, chief among them being to love your neighbor… Matthew 22:37–40 (37) Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (40) On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” If we love, the rest of the commandments fall into order. We cannot love someone and steal from them at the same time. We cannot love someone and murder them at the same time. The list, of course, goes on and on. The bottom line is... if we love, the rest of His expectations will be met as well. We Still Not To Live In A State Of Fear One of my favorite verses promises… Philippians 4:6–7 (6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus… It does not say be anxious for anything except COVID-19, it does not say all your hope should be in the government, it says be anxious for nothing… instead, pray about everything with thanksgiving. The Lord promises us a wonderful future, whether that be here on earth or in our heavenly home. That should be our hope, that should be our “normal,” that IS our promise! Closing Thoughts: The government is preparing us for the “new normal,” while we should follow the commandments in the new state of our union, we should remain focused on the heavenly instead of the earthly. We will place our attention on the promise instead of the fear. We will look forward to our heavenly future instead of the bleak circumstances we currently face. This “new normal” will pass but His words will never pass away. Psalm 56:3 (NKJV) 3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

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