28th May 2020

Clap for the NHS

“For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Isaiah 55:12 (NKJV)

The verse above shows a time when Christ will rule on earth from Jerusalem where anyone who thirsts can come and drink of living waters. It will be a time of such joy that even the trees will clap their hands. Today, however, we have an enemy in the coronavirus. We cannot see this enemy and yet somehow it is gradually circumventing the globe and is killing as it goes. The coronavirus has been identified as starting in a wet market in Wuhan in China where scientists found the gene sequencing to be a 96% match with that of a bat. It is believed that somehow the virus had jumped species and is now affecting mankind.

Scientists are not sure whether viruses are actually living organisms. They can replicate themselves inside living organisms like the human cell and do so by entering the human cell through a protein which our cells have on their surfaces. Once inside the cell the virus can trick the human cell into producing DNA for the virus. If the cell is outside your body the most effective way to kill the virus is by the use of soap. If the virus is inside your body then it is up to your body’s immune system to tackle it and kill it but not everybody’s immune system is up to the mark, which is why a vaccine is so urgently required. Yet it can take up to 10 years to ensure that a vaccine will work effectively. Meanwhile doctors and front line staff are fighting a daily battle against the virus with some doctors and nurses working 12 hour shifts constantly in contact with the virus.

A few weeks ago I saw a council street-cleaning lorry reverse up my street late one evening and park at the top of the street. I couldn’t understand what it was doing there until at 8:00pm it sounded its horn so loudly it could be heard over the entire estate. It was a Thursday evening and of course it was signalling for everybody to come out of their houses and start clapping their hands and banging saucepan lids together to show their appreciation for the NHS staff and key workers. What a wonderful way to unite and bring people together to express our thanks and gratitude to those who are serving and working together despite the dangers.

One day this war against the coronavirus will be over and hopefully one day soon Christ will establish a new heavens and a new earth where there will be no more pain and no more suffering. As we’ve seen from the title scripture, even the trees of the field will clap their hands at this momentous occasion. Maybe we can join in with the clapping and maybe we won’t need saucepan lids.

Father, we know this coronavirus is a deadly disease and we know it is killing many people worldwide. We may not understand how or why these things happen but we do know we can put our trust in You. We know, Father, there is a better world to come when all man’s efforts will be one united world under God.

Study by Richard White

About the Author:
Richard White attends Nottingham Grace Communion.

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Nottingham Grace Communion
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Email: nottingham@gracecom.church

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One Response to “28th May 2020”

  1. John Rodgers on May 28th, 2020 7:18 pm

    Hello Richard, Thank you for the day by day article. Yes we can look forward to the wonderful time when we can fulfil the scripture you mentioned. However there seems to be a misunderstanding of the time setting of Isaiah 55:12. It applies to the thousand years of Jesus Christs rule on the earth not when the New Jerusalem comes down after the thousand years, There are some very good teaching on the subject by prophecy students (not prophets) on you tube. I hope this will help. John

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