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New Reality

Quarantine is a word that the whole has become familiar with in the last few months. Many people have been having a difficult time with it because as humans we are not wired to stay isolated for so long. The first man in creation was alone for some time, and God said in Gen. 2:18 that, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Since then, we have relied greatly on being surrounded by other people, especially those within our community. As most of us have had to go through some sort of social isolation, this year has turned to a different and unusual season in our lives.

We see examples of social isolation in the scriptures when Moses was up on Mount Sinai for two periods of 40 days. Elijah ran away from Ahab and Jezebel, and he stayed isolated and even begged for death. Eventually, this brought him to a mountain, where he had an encounter with God (1 Kings 19).

You may be experiencing difficulties because of the situation we are living in now, but we have an opportunity to use this situation of solitude and stillness to seek the Lord. We are entering a new era for the world. With current restrictions on travel, the world, which used to be “small” and could be crossed virtually within 24 hours, has become big again.  
We may be locked within our countries and feeling isolated from our brothers and sisters around the world, yet we have an opportunity to grow closer with many people using digital communication and extra time, which we finally have.

My friends, I encourage you to use this time wisely. I can share with you some small examples of how these circumstances have opened new doors for us. Our nationwide lockdown meant that the congregation could no longer meet, that is until we discovered Zoom (I assume there is no need to explain what it is). Before Zoom, we could only see each other once a week during our Shabbat service, however, we now have a prayer meeting every night online. We used to be limited by space, and we could only be together with those who could physically be present at the meetings. Yet, currently, anyone can join in, no matter which part of the world they are in. Different people who had heard the Gospel but hadn’t yet decided to come to the congregation can now listen to the Word of God in their homes. This is especially true now when most people tend to find themselves having a lot of free time. The added difficulties that many people are now facing has enabled many of our nonbeliever friends to turn to us and ask for our prayers.  
We are all awaiting the lifting of restrictions, yet despite this, nothing can stop the work of God.
We are praying that the Lord will use each of you as His tool in this unusual season.
Phil. 4:19-20 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

With love in Christ Jesus.

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