The lockdown has just been extended for a further 15 days, which means we still have 3 weeks more (at least) of living as we are now: confined to our homes and separated from our normal social interactions.

Deuteronomy 31 speaks of Moses, and his words to Joshua, his successor. In v8 is a promise:

8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Last Friday our opening scripture for the Group was in 1 Kings 8: 59-60. Just prior to that scripture Solomon repeats the promise of Deuteronomy:

56 “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.
57 May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us,

We can say Amen to this – The Lord has given us rest..His Word does not fail … .. if we know the Lord, we are not alone.

But Solomon’s prayer is not quite finished. v58 continues:
..  that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers.

He is with us, yes. He will not leave us nor forsake us. True.
Now we have a part to play: To walk in His ways and keep His commandments.

Those commandments include so much that involves other people – praying for them, caring for them, sharing the gospel with them. All of that means that, even though we may be physically isolated our spiritual ‘social circle’ never ceases to be active.

Our prayer for you today is that you feel a part of His amazing great kingdom, and that you know with absolute certainty that you are never alone. A & J

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