Neither foolhardy or brash, nor tempting of God
Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.Psalm 5:1-3
These words are so corrective during these days of anxiety and distress over the COVID-19 virus. Whatever else we may do, keeping watch for God must be high on our list – especially these days!
In dealing with the Black Death Plague Martin which ravaged Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries, Martin Luther wrote:
Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. IF God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.Gotta love Martin Luther!From Luther’s Works, Volume 43, P. 132
Let us all pray…and act with the fear of God and love for God and man!