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As we go through this season of unknown take comfort in knowing that you serve a God that is all knowing. He knows your pain, he knows your fears and he knows your lost. Nothing is hidden from him. He is our redeemer, our sustainer and our restorer. Many of us have been impacted by this pandemic in various ways. Many are seeking and believing him for restoration.
For those looking to be restored let me encourage you to return to your first love. Seek he first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be added onto you. In Revelations 2 the Lord says he knows your works, your labour your patience. If you have served him faithfully for years he knows. If you have done good deeds to honour his name, he knows. If you have sinned against him, he knows. He knows the hidden things of our hearts unknown to others (Ps.44:21). Return to your first love He says. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says...(Rev 2_7). In this season of social distancing let us all take this opportunity to get to know Him all over again. Let us find that zeal we once had as a new convert. Let us repent and go back to that place from which we have fallen. Let’s go back to the beginning when you were on fire for Christ, let us oh children return to our first love.
Quarantine can be compared to the wilderness experience. The wilderness is not always a bad a place to be, It is quiet and may be uncomfortable. It presents a perfect opportunity to grow and hear the voice of God. Sometimes in the midst of our every day life we can miss His voice. He showed up to Elijah in a still quiet voice (1 Kings 19_12). Fellowship with God can sometimes require us to be in a place of stillness.
As we relearn His ways in this season let us continue to press towards the mark of the high calling. Let us press from a place of repentance. God’s promises of restoration remains true but it requires us to render our hearts and not our garments (Joel 2_13). In 2 Chronicles 7_14 God promises to hear us and restore us if we repent. Restoration is connected to repentance. In Joel 2 the land was refreshed as a result of the children of Israel returning back to their first love. Let me encourage you that even though we are living in uncertain times we serve the Alpha and the Omega. He is present in our midst right now and will be present at the end.
Be encouraged, be inspired and be blessed!