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A short word of encouragement -


A Word from the Minister -

I think it is not an exaggeration to say that we at this moment are going through an extraordinary time. Never before in peace time have we been told to self – isolate and avoid public contact, to stop meeting in public gatherings, for those who can to work from home, for pubs, restaurants, shops as well as schools to close. We are seeing lockdown in countries on an unprecedented scale. Up to a quarter of the world is on lockdown according to the news.  So much is changing so quickly. It was only at the end of December 2019 an outbreak of Covid-19 was identified in Wuhan, China and seemed a million miles away from us. That has all changed. No longer is it in China alone, it has spread throughout the world, affecting many people in many countries. Moreover, there is still so much about the virus that is not known, and we are yet to have a vaccine or treatment. There is so much being said, some true, some false about the virus. If you were to take it all in, you would be left confused and bewildered.

This has caused much fear and panic. A fear of the unknown, a fear of something that cannot be seen. I think much of this fear is driven from the fact that it is something unseen. An enemy seen you can deal with, or at least identify, but one that is not seen, this is a different situation altogether.

As I ponder this, I am reminded of David in the bible and what he did in challenging and fearful situations. David was chosen and anointed to be king of Israel, however, he was no stranger to adversity and challenging situations. Often times he found himself in situations that were life and death, and yet in all of these instances we see David did not look to himself but to God.

For example, in Psalm 3:5-6 he says, "I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me." He goes on to say, "I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around." David's trust was not in himself but in God and therefore his confidence was not in himself but in God.

Before David became king he was on the run from king Saul for many years. One account in the bible of David that stands out to me is when one time he and his men returned to their camp and found that their goods had been plundered, and their wifes and children taken. We are told that at that time some of the men that followed David wanted to kill him. We are told that these men cried until there was no more power to weep and that David was greatly distressed. People, what I want to encourage you with is David's response. David did not cave with fear, but strengthened Himself in the Lord His God (read 1 Samuel 30 for the full account and outcome).

David did not face Covid-19, and if he did, we were not told about it. However, what we are told about is what he did in a time of crisis. Friends, I want to encourage you to do as David did and to strenghten yourself in the Lord. Do not give into fear but rest on the Lord our God and in His everlasting arms.

Psalm 46:1-3 tells us that, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Let us likewise not fear but look to God and meditate upon His word. Let His word dwell in you richly and your trust be only in Him. God will not fail us. He is with us in every circumstance we face. Put your trust in Him, He will not fail you nor forsake you.

Let us take to heart the word of Nehemiah when he told the told the people, "Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Friends, the joy of the Lord is our strength too. Let nothing steal your joy in Christ from you. Whatever troubles you, take it to the Lord in prayer, and as the hymn says, "in His arms He will take and sheild you, thou will find a solace there."

May the Lord our God bless you, and keep you, and cause His face to shine upon you, and give you peace.


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