Encouragements for our troubled times No. 02

COVID-19 Series | Date: 01 April 2020

The Elders and Deacons want to encourage the members and those who regularly meet with us through this weekly letter. If you have news which you would be happy to share with the fellowship or request for prayer, then please let us know.

A message from your Pastor

We are just two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown with the prospect of another ten weeks more. The government is warning us to expect things to get worse before they eventually get better. Dire prospects but for all of us who love our Lord and are called by His grace these things should not worry us because, as Paul tells us in Romans 8:28,

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Now this doesn’t mean that all things in this world will be good or feel good for us. In time we may find things get far more difficult, we may catch the virus even become seriously ill, even die. The text does not say everything will be good but they will work together for good. Take Paul, for example, he had a very debilitating ‘thorn in the flesh’ that he had to endure for many years. God would not take it from him because it worked for Paul’s good to keep him humble so that pride did not bring about his downfall. God’s promise is that He will bring everything about so that all will, in the end, work for our good, all things, whether good or bad.

What a wonderful promise this is for us. To know that in every circumstance, where- ever we are, every moment of every day God is working it all out for our good. It may be hard to see at times but we can be sure that they are because our Almighty God is in control of all things and He loves us and keeps us.

What a privilege we have as the Lord’s people to know that even in the most dire circumstances our God is on our side, watching over us, caring for us, working all for our good; in fact, He will not let anything befall us that He does not intend to be for our ultimate good. What a comfort to know that we are in His kind, wise, merciful, loving hands. Those hands of the One who loved us so much that He did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.

How we need to encourage others to put their trust in our Saviour so that they may enjoy this great privilege with us.