Dear Church Family,
Can it be that I have written thirty of these updates!? Yes, obviously, it can, and it demonstrates again, just how swiftly time flies!
So, it has now been eight Sundays since I have seen some of you face to face. That seems incredible. In that time, many of us have had our usual activities curtailed by the threat of this virus. For others there has been little change and for some an increase in activity, but there is One whose level of activity has remained unchanged through it all, and He is your God.
It is a wonderful thing to know that the providence of God runs unhindered and unencumbered by natural disasters or human events. No matter what edicts or mandates are issued, no matter what efforts are undertaken by His creatures, He is never rendered helpless or ineffective. He is doing all His holy will despite any and all barriers. He continues to call in His elect, He continues to encourage and lift up His people, He continues to instruct, to warn and to correct, just like always, and the apparent hindrances are just tools in His wise, good and just hands to continue to work His good pleasure.
In addition, no one can place God’s elect out of His reach. He is able to hear our prayers and to answer them, no matter what the circumstances. He supplies the needs of His people according to His promises and the determination of His will, and often does so in the most unexpected and extraordinary ways.
Sometimes He wonderfully provides an escape from sore trials and at other times he provides the faith and strength to endure them; but either way, it is our God and Savior ministering to the needs of His people with power and grace despite all circumstances.
You may be limited in your usual interactive communion with one another, but nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. Paul asks, “Who shall separate us from His love…
Romans 8:35-39 …Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I miss you all, but there is One whose company none of us is missing. He is with us all day long and watches over us all night through.
Isaiah 44:1-4 “Yet hear me now, O Jacob My servant, And Israel whom I have chosen. Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.”
In the name of Him, who neither slumbers nor sleeps,