“Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”
For days on end these words have swirled through my mind and caused me to wonder: What does it mean to cultivate faithfulness during this Covid-19 pandemic that is ripping through our world?
This morning I finally looked up the scripture, Psalm 37:3, and the footnote provided some insight:
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
If I put the words together, the scripture reads, “Dwell in the land and feed securely on His faithfulness.”
Wow! For a moment I’m left breathless. His faithfulness is our food that provides the security we need to make it through these uncertain times.
Every morning I awaken and walk down the stairs to see the sign our realtor, Kristina Rawlins, gave us as a house-warming present.
The words challenge me to trust in the Lord’s faithfulness even though world events cause unimaginable anguish and suffering that tempt even the most stalwart to doubt.
Psalm 37:3 reminds us to:
- do good
- dwell in the land
- feed on His faithfulness.
Every evening I watch the news and see so many people “doing good.” I’m certain this makes God smile because it sure does me.
I see the arts exploding as professional artists and ordinary people share their creative gifts with the world. I walk down sidewalks alive with the art of children who seek to brighten someone’s day with a hopeful message.
His faithfulness is the only bread of life that will endure past this life. In 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, the Apostle Paul encourages believers:
6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by [c]sight—8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
Perhaps the courage the Apostle Paul speaks of is only possible when we see our time on this earth as only temporary. Of course, I don’t want to leave this world before I see my grandchildren grow up. I hope I can still be around to watch my great-grandchildren play.
But, to truly dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness and have the courage to trust in the midst of the most terrifying of circumstances, I must embrace the truth of an eternity beyond this present life I live.
So, perhaps faithfulness is also an act of surrender as we pray the words of Jesus, “Not my will but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42