His Word offers hope in these times and hereafter
Apr 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Editor’s note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.
I have been a pastor for many years of local churches, and I have been overwhelmed by the current crisis we are facing, not only in America but throughout the world.
I preached a message a few weeks ago that there might be a time come when we may not be able to attend our local assemblies to worship our God. I just did not realize how quickly this would come to pass.
We are such a blessed nation and have taken these liberties for granted, sometimes finding any excuse not to attend our local churches.
I realize we can watch television, listen to the radio and get messages on our computers, and while I thank God for these means, I for one need the fellowship of my Christian brothers and sisters with whom we worship in unity the Lord Jesus.
The Bible tells us things will get worse but we know, through prayer, we keep fellowship with our Lord even in these times.
In the book of James 4:8 he tells us if we will draw near to God he will draw near to us, and in 2nd Chronicles 7:14 God spoke to Solomon these words of hope: “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
This is the hope for our world in these times and hereafter.
Ron Cassidy is the pastor of Upper Room Fellowship Church.