Daily Update from Pastor David March 19, 2020
Thursday, March 19
Update & Prayer Notes
Over the past couple of days I’ve connected with friends ministering in different countries around the world. While we’re not physically in the same place, there is a sense that we are sharing this experience together. I hope that would be our experience as a church family. We may not be able to meet collectively, but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience community.
Tomorrow the staff and some worship team members will meet to record a service for the weekend. As we watch it at the same time (10:00 am) together on Sunday, our prayer is that, even in our “social distancing,” we might experience both the presence of God and a sense of being united with one another.
Another way of remaining connected while apart is to make phone calls, send e-mails and text messages, or otherwise engage in social media interaction. We can also use virtual communication links to connect with friends, neighbours and co-workers to stay in touch and encourage. Remember, we represent the hope of the world.
Today I was reminded of the sovereign working of God, even in times of distress, as I read some of the prophet Isaiah. We can trust in Him. We need to share our confidence in our Lord with others and encourage them that He will not fail. He is the High and Exalted One.
15For the High and Exalted One, who lives forever, whose name is holy, says this:
“I live in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and lowly of spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the oppressed. …
18I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, 19creating words of praise.”
The Lord says,
“Peace, peace to the one who is far or near, and I will heal him.
—Isaiah 57:15, 18-19
One of my spiritual heroes is George Mueller. Born in Germany, he lived a rebellious and lawless life as a youth, but upon embracing Christ, he was forever transformed. He moved to England where he began to establish orphanages to meet the social need of disenfranchised children. And he did all of this determined never to ask for a penny from anyone but to trust every need to God. He recorded the results, certain that it would be a great testimony to the power and providence of the Lord. Here is a typical entry, from this day March 19, 1842.
“Saturday. As it has often been the case on Saturdays, so it was this day in particular. We began the day in very great poverty, as only seven shillings had come in since the day before yesterday. There was not one ray of light as to natural prospects. The heart would be overwhelmed at such seasons, were there not an abundance of repose to be found by trusting in God. The trial having continued so long, and our poverty having now come to such a degree that it was necessary we should have help in order that the name of the Lord might not be dishonored, I had proposed to my fellow-laborers that we should set apart this day especially for prayer. We met accordingly at half past ten in the morning. By that time had come in four shillings sixpence, seven shillings sixpence, and ten shillings. In the afternoon we met again at three, when ten shillings came in. In the evening, at seven, we met once more, there being yet about three shillings needed to provide all that was required. This also we received, and even three shillings more than was actually needed came in, just when we were about to separate.”
We are restricted from meeting together, but we are not restricted from entering the holy place where God meets with us and hears our concerns. May we find that this time of global crises moves us to depend fully on our Creator God, and find that He sustains us.
Pastor David Booker
Interim Lead Pastor