I like to take this time to encourage everyone to remain steadfast in their faith in Christ. These may be uncertain times in which we live, but the word of God assures us that we need not fear nor be uncertain regarding God’s love and care for His people.
From time-to-time God’s people are brought to the straight and narrow path in order to see whether they will remain faithful to God. Rest assure, my dear friends, God has not changed. He is the same yesterday today and forever. The God who upholds the universe by the Word of His power can uphold you during the most difficult of times. It doesn’t matter whether we can see the future, what is more important is that we place our faith in the One who cannot only see the future, but controls it as well. Nothing can be done to God’s people without the Lord’s knowledge and permission.
When Jacob fled from his brother Esau, he was uncertain about the future. God being fully aware of Jacobs plight did not forsake him. “Wearied with his journey, the wanderer lay down upon the ground, with a stone for his pillow. As he slept he beheld a ladder, bright and shining, whose base rested upon the earth, while the top reached to heaven. Upon this ladder angels were ascending and descending; above it was the Lord of glory, and from the heavens His voice was heard: ‘I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac.’. . . Then in special regard to his present loneliness and distress, the words of comfort and encouragement were spoken: ‘Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.’ ” PP 183.4
What encouraging words are these in the most uncertain time of Jacob’s life, when he was destitute and lonely God was there to comfort him. And so, it may be with us. We need not fear what the future holds. For our God has promised, “I will ‘save My flock, and they shall no more be a prey.’ ‘Neither shall the beast of the land devour them.’ Ezekiel 34:16, 22, 28. His voice is heard calling them to His fold, ‘a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.’ Isaiah 4:6. His care for the flock is unwearied. He strengthens the weak, relieves the suffering, gathers the lambs in His arms, and carries them in His bosom. . .” PP 190.3
Praise God for His ever-loving watch care. Let us not become discouraged, but let us look forward to the soon coming of our Lord and Saviour in the clouds of glory. Amen.
We want to thank each of you for your prayers and financial support throughout the year. Your faithful partnership is greatly appreciated. May we continue to work together and pray for one another, laying up our treasure in heaven as the second coming of Jesus draws near.
We pray that you have courage in the Lord, and that ye be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 15:58. And may “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26.