Thought for the week – 23.4.20

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Most of us hate being told what to do. That’s because if we wanted to do the thing, we would already be doing it.

In this worldwide virus crisis, everyone is being told what to do, or what not to do, by somebody, and maybe even everybody! Stay at home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Don’t go to church.

For those of us who follow Jesus, not being able to gather together has been one of the harder things. We enjoy spending time with each other, thinking about God and worshipping Him. We encourage other people to join us in following Jesus. But now our church buildings are locked, and we cannot be together. Instead, everything is happening online or by phone.

It’s not the same. Everything has changed. What’s happening?

Yet in some ways, nothing has changed. The sun still shines. The Earth still spins on its axis. We can breathe, and drink, and eat. Above all, God is still with us, each one of us, that’s everyone, even you. He loves you, and cares for you, and gives you good gifts, because that is who He is. That who Jesus showed God to be.

God’s first call is to invite you is to come to Him, to know his love, to be accepted and set free from your regrets and pains and burdens.

We don’t get to choose about the coronavirus.

But we do get to choose about God.

How will you choose today?

Reverend Stewart Goudie
North West Lochaber Church of Scotland