The Blessings of Covid
Jeremiah said, ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved’ (Jer 8:20). I guess we are feeling a bit like that with Covid. In the UK we are emerging cautiously and slowly from the second wave, vaccinations are going well (My wife and I, thank God have had our two jabs). But Continental Europe is already in a third wave, and we are being told to expect the same before the end of the summer. Continental trips visiting our fellow Christians and for many families too seem very uncertain this year as well as last. We cannot have it all in our own way. God said, ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Isa 55:9). Or as the adage goes, ‘Man proposes; God disposes’. Here are a few observations:
- Zoom meetings – some have problems, but I have found them fantastic. We find we are able to meet up with fellow believers all over the world supported by the Holy Spirit and the Lord’s presence. It’s not the same as meeting in a hall but it’s different. We cannot limit God.
- We have a quieter life with less rushing about. Many are working from home.
- Not being physically with our brethren and our natural families makes the expectation of seeing them greater. Paul was happy writing letters but wanted to see the saints face to face.
- There is time to get on with a project. In my case it has been my book ‘After These Things’ (see below).
- Not the least there is more time for prayer.
The Gospel Spread Abroad
As we have seen already there is evidence that more persons have been listening to the gospel online and they ever did in halls. Let us pray that this has led to much true repentance, joy and liberty of the knowledge of forgiveness.
One encouraging line has been a testimony by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Up till recently, there has been little recognition of t0he Lord but in his speeches. But his Easter message was clear as to the work of Christ on the cross and the resurrection. Doubtless, his severe attack of covid caused him to take stock of things. It is also understood that one of the consultants attending to him it was a sincere believer it was able to talk about the Lord.
‘After These Things’
I am aware of sales of 52 paperback copies of ‘After These Things’ There must be at least as many electronic copies, but for some reason I have no record of sales in the ePub digital book format – though till recently there has been an error in the link. Here are the correct links (About the book, Paperback, Kindle, ePub (Apple Books). It would be nice to know if you have purchased or downloaded a copy. But that is only for my own satisfaction. The more important thing is that the prospect of the coming of our Lord Jesus to rapture his saints should brighten in each one of our hearts.
Your prayers please
At the end of last year, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Mercifully it was at an early stage, despite being of an aggressive type. I have completed a series of BCG immunotherapy inductions, and have another cystoscopy scheduled for 28th April. I trust that he will find a satisfactory outcome and would value your prayers.
Trusting you are being encouraged
Daniel Roberts (a.k.a. Sosthenes)