Encouragement for Our Church Family
Dear Church Family,
Out of the first six Sundays of this new year, we have only gathered together twice. We missed the first two Sundays because of Covid quarantines and the last two Sundays because of the weather.
Eric Hatfield reminded me this week of the 15 consecutive Sundays last Spring and Summer that our Lord protected us from rain while we were meeting in the parking lot. I remember talking then about how good the Lord had been to us to give us those weeks, free from rain, to meet together.
The truth is, the Lord is just as much in charge and just as good now as He was then! These last 6 weeks are the perfect opportunity for us to trust the Lord, when His plans are not what we would naturally want or expect – or even what we would naturally consider good. I do not like to miss gathering together as a church family!
Job asked “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity (Job 2:10)?” The answer, of course, is that we should, trusting that He knows what is best.
David declares to the Lord in Psalm 65 “Your paths drip with fatness! (v.11).”
The path that our Lord puts us on, even though it may not seem or even feel good, can be trusted because He can be trusted.
I would have chosen for our church family to be protected from Covid and protected from the snow’s interruption of our gathering. But He knows better than we do what is best.
He has told us that “My ways [are] higher than your ways; and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).”
So we respond as Job did: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord (Job 1:21b).”
Some might say: “Well missing church on a Sunday because of snow is insignificant and not really that painful.” Well then, it is gracious of the Lord to give us opportunities to trust Him like this when the situation is insignificant and not very painful, so that we will know to trust Him like this when the situation is very significant or even painful.
My prayer is that because of the time that we have missed gathering together – our gathering will be sweeter when we can. And that we will look forward, even more, to fellowship and the singing and studying God’s Word together!
Our Lord told us “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24-25).”
Let me encourage you – though we aren’t all together this morning – spend some time seeking the Lord, studying His Word, encouraging each other, anxiously looking forward to the encouragement of being together again as a Church family.
You may remember that we had planned to host IMB Missionaries Jonathan Long and his family with us this morning. We have rescheduled with the Longs and they will be joining us on Sunday, February 28.
We will also be rescheduling the start of our children’s ministries, Club and Cubbies, for next week, the 14th.