From the minister's desk
“May 19, 2020”Categories: from the minister's desk
From the Minister’s Desk May 19, 2020
Greetings Church Family,
I am writing to remind and encourage you to be mindful of who you belong to. I see, hear, and feel the same stresses that you feel in some way or another. I hear the contradictory and confusing messages about this deadly virus and the conspiracies surrounding it. Who and what can we believe? What is true and what is not? I know this can cause concerns and anxieties for anyone. But we have God!
I do not want to seem as though I am just giving you flowery words or philosophies to comfort you in these times. I only want to give you or remind you of what God gave us. Full assurance that if we obey Him, he will take care of us. Why did our Lord Jesus say, “don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself; sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Mt.6:34 It is because we cannot do anything about tomorrow, but we can lose our lives and our salvation today if we do not stay focused on Him.
We must work daily to overcome worry and anxieties to keep them from overcoming us. Life can be harassed with worry or enjoyed with contentment depending on our faith and our walk. Both of which starts on the inside. “See that you walk circumspectly, (careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences) not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Wherefore be not unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Eph.5:15-17 We try to fill our hearts and minds with godliness. We stress and encourage you to assemble for bible classes and study for yourself also. The world gets much more time to fill us with worldliness. It takes work to overcome the world just as it takes work to be faithful and steadfast in the Lord.
Of course, there are outside influences that may cause us to be anxious and gloomy, but we do not have to open our hearts to the pressures which are sure to torment us. Our Lord does not want us burdened with unnecessary cares. He knows that just trying to do right in this evil and sinful world is burdensome enough. So, he said “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt.11:28-30 He will accept whosoever will come. Only He can clean us up, sanctify us, comfort us, and save us. We are in God’s hands!
He promised “rest for our souls,” not these physical bodies. He promised eternal life with Him, not here on earth. He wants us to keep our priorities straight, be faithful to Him, endure until the end and we will have eternal life with Him where there will be no viruses, no dying, no sickness, and no crying. We are God’s children!