Changes and God’s constancy
I’m sure that life has changed for you as much as it has for us. If someone had talked about social distancing 6 months ago, we would have given them a funny look. And yet ever so quickly schools, offices, shops and even churches were required to close. And this not just here, but world wide. Every country in the world has been affected in some way. Ways of life have had to change.
But throughout all this, there has been something that has not changed. God and his love for us. In Hebrews 13:5-8 we are reminded of what God said to Joshua before he led the Israelites into the promised land. ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.
That we can be confident that the Lord is my helper. But the best thing is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, forever. Jesus who with lots of people trying to get his attention, didn’t shoo the children away, but encouraged them to come to him. Who in the middle of a storm went and found his disciples whose boat was almost sinking. He had time for the outcasts of society, no matter who they were, where they came from, or the risks to himself. And he is still the same today. He still cares and wants to help. Just like Peter, as he sank into the stormy lake, we just need to ask him to help, to save us.
We can see God’s care for the world when we look at things around us. In Luke 12:22-28, Jesus speaks of the Ravens. They don’t have stores, shops, barns or anything like that. Yet they have food to eat. And if you look in the garden, you might have some flowers growing. Jesus mentions how the lilies grow. God has made sure that they are clothed in something more beautiful, better than anything that King Solomon with his wisdom and wealth ever had. Yet flowers only last a short time. God cares about them enough to do that. How much more then, do you think he cares and is interested in your well-being?
A fitting conclusion for this month’s thought is the following verse and chorus;
I do not know what lies ahead,
the way I cannot see;
yet One stands near to be my guide,
He’ll show the way to me:
I know who holds the future,
and He’ll guide me with His hand;
with God things don’t just happen,
everything by Him is planned.
So as I face tomorrow,
with its problems large and small,
I’ll trust the God of miracles,
give to Him my all.
I do not know how many days
of life are mine to spend;
but One who knows and cares for me
will keep me to the end:
Andy & Hannah Rogers, Young Christians’ Camp
Hello everyone & thank you for your interest in YPBC 2020.
We wanted to update you with the news that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the social restrictions we are all living under at the moment, we regrettably won’t be able to hold a Camp this year. I am sure you will share the disappointment of the Committee as we were all looking forward to another camp.
We are however looking at various options to keep in touch with you all over the coming months, so do watch this space for any updates on this.
Please note that due to the ongoing social restrictions in place linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no June camp rally in Gorleston. We are looking at various options to keep in touch with you over the coming months so please look out for further updates in due course.
It’s easy to look back and ponder on how good things used to be. It reminds me of Lot’s wife, she was instructed when leaving Sodom:
“Escape for thy life, look not behind thee…” Genesis 19 v 17
Perhaps she was saddened by what she was leaving behind or perhaps she had little appreciation of what was ahead. Either way she didn’t heed the warning.
For those of you who know the Lord as your own personal Saviour you have something far superior than anything in your past, far greater than anything in the present; you have the assurance of a home in heaven as your future.
The Lord Jesus said to his disciples:
“…I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14 v 2
As believers we have that same promise. Our future will be in the presence of the Almighty God for eternity!
James teaches us:
“…For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, then vanisheth away.” James 4 v 14
Our life here is brief, just like the vapour that disappears, it will be over before we know it. None of us know when our time on Earth will be over. However, if we leave this Earth and are still not right with God, not accepting His gift of salvation, He will say:
“I never knew you: depart from me.” Matthew 7 v 23
Eternity…remember that’s for forever and always! It will be spent separated from God in an awful place called hell.
We have the time now to get right with God:
“…Behold now is the accepted time: behold now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6 v 2
I believe people have 3 responses to God’s gift of salvation:
- Reject God’s gift – they decline the forgiveness of their sins and a relationship with God.
- Waiting to accept God’s gift – they know they have a need of a Saviour and they know they are sinners. But they say
“Today isn’t a good day for getting right with God, I’ll think about it another time.” BUT the Bible teaches us:
“Boast not thyself of tomorrow: for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27 v 1
- Accept God’s gift – they acknowledge they’re a sinner, they repent of their sins by asking the Lord Jesus to forgive them. They put Jesus Christ in His rightful place as Lord of their life.
Are you are still waiting to accept God’s gift, don’t delay!
If you make no choice, then think on…your choice has been made. You have made the choice not to be right with God, not to have the hope of a wonderful future and when you enter in to eternity you will be separated from God forever.
If you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour, you have the hope of a wonderful future. Although times may be difficult in life, we can smile and know the best is yet to come.
Jacqui Barlow, Senior Camp