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22nd April 2020

Pilgrim Pete writes – bewildering & unprecedented times?

Are these days “bewildering & unprecedented times”? The Bible provides insight into other such times. The plague of darkness in Moses’ time; Egypt may have felt bewildered – but not Israel. They had LIGHT in all their dwellings. We too share the LIGHT of God’s Glory in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As for “unprecedented” – has such a world-wide effect ever fallen upon our world since Noah’s flood? We who believe find ourselves today in the same situation as those eight people, incarcerated in our own homes, but, thankfully, not isolated. We know that our Lord has “shut us in” (Gen 7 v 16) and that “our God shall supply all our need through the riches of His Grace in Christ Jesus our Lord;” that having first sought the Kingdom of God and His righteousness – all these things shall be added unto us.

Noah’s family too had all these blessings, besides the powerful leadership of Noah himself. I am sure that he was a pillar of physical strength and spiritual strength under our God. His very name means REST, which includes confidence and security. As Captain he would be a calming, inspiring influence, very much in command in times of fear, panic or disagreement.

It is good to know that the same Holy Spirit is guarding & organising His believing children today.

We also remember that those eight people had no idea how or when the floods would subside, and what would happen next. But Noah had faith, and knew the Grace of God. Noah’s rock-like strength and stability gave his crew the confidence and hope to see the crisis through. “Look unto me,” says the Lord, “and be saved.”

As with ourselves God asks us to trust in Him, that great, heavy flat-bottomed boat of (at least) 400′ feet long had no rudder! but where in the world was there to go? (John ch 6 v 68)

God had “shut them in” and guided their ship through all the massive swell and turbulence. That same confidence and trust in our Lord will keep us safe also – and our applause in that day will be for Him.

“How great is our God! How great is His Name!”

What joy must have filled Noah’s heart when he saw first stars appear, and after that – the Rainbow….

The first mention of the symbol of HOPE! As we see the many rainbow’s around us. We remind ourselves that the rainbow not only tells us of God’s promise of love but the hope that is there for us all. There can be better days ahead for us, if we would but come to the Saviour. He laid down His life so that we might live. As we remember those who are risking their lives to save others. Let’s remember, He willing died to save us from the consequence of our sin (disobedience and rejection of God which will face eternal judgement) are we willing to acknowledge this Saviour?

John ch 3 v 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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