Trusting God Our King
Amid changing uncertain times, Pastor Oliver encourages us to go back to Scripture to reflect on who God is.
“God has spoken by his prophets,
Spoken his unchanging word;
Each from age to age proclaiming
God the one, the righteous Lord;
In the world's despair and turmoil
One firm anchor holding fast,
God is on his throne eternal,
He alone the first and last.”
— George Wallace Briggs
I was anxious. I watched with concern when the entire city of Wuhan, China was quarantined. I grieved over the rising number of infections and deaths due to the COVID-19 virus, and I read with apprehension the spread and increasing numbers of infections in other countries, especially in Singapore. I was worried, as I have family members who are vulnerable to infection by COVID-19. It does not help that amid uncertainty and anxiety, there were also misinformation and "fake" news being propagated. So, what was I to do?
One of the things I did was to go back to Scripture and reflect on who our God is. I read in Psalm 103:19, "The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all." The Psalmist tells me that God is King and He rules over all – all of creation, all peoples and all situations. I remember Romans 11:36a, which we studied last year. Paul tells us, "For from him and through him and to him are all things." God is not only the source and sustainer of all things, but all things also submit to His rule.
Lastly, when describing how Christ's return will be based on God's timing, Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 6:15 that, "He [meaning God] who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords." Our God is the Sovereign King and Lord. And what is God's sovereignty? It is the exercise of His rule over His creation. God exercises His authority and power over all creation as our King (Grudem, 1994).
After reading these Scripture passages, I was reassured. Our God is sovereign over everything, even over the COVID-19 virus. After the initial anxiety, my heart was gradually turned to the truth of who God is. And I begin to trust. I trust the advice from the government authorities, not merely because of their proven track record. Instead, it is because we have a sovereign God who is over all things – even our authorities. I trust that after we have taken the necessary, wise precautions, that God our King is ruling over this COVID-19 situation. I have confidence that all things will work out according to His plan and purposes. For amid changing uncertain times, I can trust in God's unchanging character – He is our Sovereign King who loves us. And He has given us His Son, Jesus Christ, for our salvation.
So, keep praying for the COVID-19 situation and those affected. And keep trusting in God our King.
PS We shall be studying "Who is God? The Attributes of God" at Equip on Sat 14 Mar (330 pm to 530 pm) and "Who is God? The Persons of the Trinity" at Equip on Sat 11 Apr (330 pm to 530pm). Both sessions will be in Room 310. Who we think God is, will affect our affections and actions. So come and learn who our triune God is, and grow to trust and love Him more.
In light of the developing situation of the COVID-19 virus, we ask that visitors and members of Grace Baptist Church continue to take the following precautions:
- Observe good personal hygiene at all times.
- Wear a mask if you have a cough or runny nose.
- Please see a doctor if you are unwell and do not self-medicate.
- If you are ill, please stay at home to recover.
For further precautions, please refer to this blogpost on the precautions to take.
Also, we will be taking the following added precautions
- We will be doing temperature screening on Level 1 and 2.
- We will continue to do data collection so that in the unlikely event we have a case of COVID-19, we will be able to contact everyone who has been exposed.
- Until DORSCON Orange has been lifted, we will not be passing the offering bags in our service. We encourage everyone to worship the Lord through the tithes and offerings by, placing your gift in the boxes located on the East and West side of our foyer after the service, or by giving electronically.
In these uncertain times, let's continue to trust in our sovereign and good God.
Prayer Meeting | Fri 28 Feb | 8pm-930pm | Room 310 C & D
"Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Eph 6:18). Join us as we immerse ourselves in prayer and thanksgiving for God's grace and mercy in each other's lives and the church. If you have any prayer requests, you are welcome to send them to the church office.
Sunday Service | Sun 23 Feb | 9am-1030 am | Sanctuary
Join us for service this Sunday. We will be hearing Luke 5:27-39 preached. We will look at "Scandalous Grace" described. Please read Luke 5:27-39 a few times to prepare your hearts to hear from God's Word. Pray also for God's Spirit to tutor and prepare our hearts to receive His Word with great joy!