A few weeks ago, I told my husband the following: “I can’t wait to get back to the way things were before the pandemic.” And then I stopped. I realized that wasn’t really true. My good friend and I were having lunch this week and I shared this moment with her. I went on to explain that yes, there’s a lot I’m hoping will “get back to normal” in the coming weeks but God uses every single moment in our lives for His purpose – good and bad. He uses non-believers and believers. I heard a pastor the other day explain that we shouldn’t be asking “why” to God when faced with difficulty but rather, “what can I learn about God or what does God want me to learn about myself?”
My BSGs (Bible Study Girls) were asked recently to draw a sanctification growth chart. Sanctification meaning our faith journey toward being more like Jesus. I drew some small spikes, a few flat lines, and then two large spikes. From the day I clearly recall my daughter (about 2 years old at the time) spurring me to answer her questions about God and angels to today I can thankfully say my growth chart has well, grown. The two large spikes include a large test Jesus put me through when He asked me, through a vision, to drop much of what I thought was important in life and instead feed the homeless for a year. The second spike? It started in February 2020 – the start of the COVID pandemic.
My church shuttered their doors. My old Bible study group went on-line. And then all other communication with my church ceased. Yes, they offered a weekly video but that is not fellowship. A cold, impersonal video just isn’t “church.” It’s not a communion of the saints.
My new BSGs, however, stayed in constant contact. Some of us came together in person with walks and distanced lunches. And together we made a commitment to not let each other go and to help each member delve deeper into His Word. We have been open about our sins and our dreams. Our hopes and our failures.
But more than just this group, I have fallen often on my knees in prayer. Sometimes crying out in fear and sometimes in sadness. Other times in thankful hallelujah. Had I been left to attending Sunday church for one hour a week I’m not sure I would’ve made the same progress. But I can tell you this, of all the things I’m most grateful for over the past year is what I now understand to be the most important – God’s never ending love for me.
His Word has been revealed to me in so many amazing ways. I’ve discovered the majesty of the Lord and His faithful promises. I’ve learned about the perils of disobedience and the joys of freedom that obedience brings. Through His Word I’ve learned how to hold the line of faith and to recognize when the devil is trying to loosen my grip.
While reading Warren Wiersbe’s commentary on the book of Jude I came across this powerful yet simple message to Christians everywhere:
Every Church = Bible Institute
Every Christian = Bible student
Every Pulpit = Teach the positive words of Biblical truth AND denounce error
Are you a student of the Bible? We are well-versed in so many other unnecessary aspects of life: the details of every episode of Downton Abbey (or pick your favorite show), the stats of our favorite baseball (golf, basketball, etc) player, the ins and outs of Joanna Gaines’ life. You get the picture. But can we say the same about every single book in the Bible?
My same friend I mentioned earlier asked me what I thought about the books that weren’t included in the Bible. I told her, “To be honest, if I could just become extremely knowledgeable about the ones in it, I think I’d be doing pretty good.”
And that’s I why I chose for my next series, Tiny But Mighty: 15 life lessons from the Bible’s smallest books. If you have never read these five books you could tackle them in about an hour (or less). But I’ll be honest, my first read through these left me thinking, “There’s a lot more than 15 lessons here.”
During the next 5 weeks we will discover more about how to confront a difficult situation, why love is obedience, how to really make social change, the effects of disloyalty, our role as God’s soldier and much more.
So, jump on board, join me in this sanctification journey! We may be just one Christian on this path to glory but God is sure to use us and the more we know about His will, the more He can do with us. We may be tiny but we sure can be mighty.