It has been several weeks since the nation has went into a virtual shut down. It has been recommended that many of us stay in the house and do not venture out unless we are going to do some essential tasks. Schools have been closed and many homes are now offices and school classrooms, kitchens have been transformed into school cafeterias and art rooms. Fro some this pause in the nation is causing cabin fever and people are itching to get out of the house and go back to some normalcy of life. Noah and his family were on the ark and it rained for forty days and forty nights, and even after the rain stopped they could not get off of the ark, but one thing they knew is they were safe in the ark. The Scripture reminds us that, those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God has commanded him. And the Lord shut him in. I encourage you today to remember that The Lord has shut us in, and no matter what is happening on the outside it is not until The Lord releases us that we should venture out of the place that God has us. It is not easy to be shut in, but we do know that it is safer for many of to be shut in than to be on the outside. It is in this time of shut in that we should take the time to get to know The Lord better, and take some time to seek His heart and direction for your life. It is not easy to be shut in, but I know that God has a purpose and plan for this time, and I am going to do all that I can do to seek Him more diligently during this season, so when He does open the door I will walk out in purpose and be determined to follow Him more closely. Since I know The Lord has shut me in for a purpose I have no doubt, “It’s My Year To Get My Thing For My God!”
In this time of shut in Lord speak to me more clearly, give me direction and purpose for my life, that when you do release me I will be focused on the plan that you have for my life. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY