1st June 2020

Be Prepared

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.”
Luke 21:34 (NKJV)

One unwanted consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic is the stripping of the supermarket shelves. We’ve heard about it, seen it on the TV, maybe seen it when we’ve been shopping, and unfortunately maybe even done it ourselves. Why? In most cases it’s a form of self-protection. We are afraid that if we can’t have something we want, we might suffer as a result and so we help ourselves, even to the extent of depriving someone in greater need than ourselves. Supermarkets have tried to counter it by restricting access to, or supply of, those items that it seems most people want.

Normally, as Christians, things are ticking along nicely, we think we have all we need. But our attention to our spiritual responsibilities (Prayer, support for the church’s outreach responsibilities, and concern for those less well-off than ourselves), subsist at a relatively low level. But then we may find ourselves in a very unpleasant situation. We lose our jobs and can’t pay the rent/mortgage, or maybe someone close to us dies. Then we suddenly find that we have been neglecting our spiritual responsibilities. What’s happened to our prayer life? Where do we start in reading the Bible and gaining encouragement from it? We find that our spiritual shelves are bare.

We find that spiritually we may not be as close to God as we ought to be because we have drifted away from him in easier times. This can teach us one important lesson: when times seem easy we should live prepared for when they are not. If our larders were well-stocked we wouldn’t need to worry excessively if things suddenly turned bad. And if we maintain a closeness to God during times of ease we would have the spiritual strength to survive in spiritually challenging times. How very important to maintain a close relationship with our Heavenly Father so that “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

Prayer
Loving Father, keep me close to you through good times and bad. Don’t allow me to drift away from the loving care of Jesus.
Amen

Study by Christopher Reeve
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About the Author:
Christopher Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane
Blean
CANTERBURY
CT2 9JA

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net