It is Thursday, April 16, 2020. It is now Day 99 of the grace period extended to the US military in the Middle East.
The stillness of the Iranian regime and IRGC was broken yesterday with news of both a tanker being harassed, and a number of speedboats coming very close to a US Navy warship. Still, in terms of the things done in the last several months, these things are relatively minor.
It seems the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown is a double-edged sword. Yes, it may prove to break the economies of the West and other developed nations, but it is a stage prior to the full onslaught of the Second Signpost. The lockdowns, on the other hand, are also allowing many to have isolation and quiet so God can move them closer to Him just before this same Second Signpost makes things worse.
The lockdown may be shutting down the economy, but there is still transportation and money (for many people) and there is still a banking system with governments maintaining order. The Second Signpost will take these things away.
God is taking away half our stuff now, so to speak, allowing us to get ready in stages, with the Second Signpost taking away everything later. We may not be able to prep anymore, but we can sit still for longer periods of time and ask Him what is his mind, what would He have us pray for, and better learn how to hear his thoughts in our hearts. What would he have each of us do?
Better to get closer to Him now when things are rough but not too rough, than to try to get closer to Him when things get really rough. I am reminded of Jeremiah 12:5 (NIV 1984):
“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”
Now is the time to repent of your sins if you haven’t already been doing so. Now is the time to learn to hear his thoughts if you haven’t learned already.
God is good and merciful. He is allowing us to sink economically in stages so we are forced to get closer to Him.
Use this time wisely and don’t waste it.
“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV 1984)