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Dear Brethren and Friends,

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We must praise the Lord for His grace and goodness towards us! We must give glory to His name! Indeed, we are all unworthy of His favour. He kept us in the FilBF to continue on coming together here in Godhill every Lord’s Day to worship our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. In all these things we must remember to give due praise and honour to Him who preserves us.

Below is my reflection on how we must be thankful to God who delivers us from the draining experience of being isolated and weakening signs of COVID. Being a close contact, there are worries that it might affect our worship services and other ministries in the FilBF. Thank God, we are all safe, so we must remember the Almighty God!

Remember Our Almighty God!

These past few days, Singapore went through a dramatic increase of COVID cases. Many of us were infected or were in close contact with those who were positive to the infection. Many became paranoid. Although the symptoms are very mild, most people became very cautious especially in going to public places and even worship services on the Lord’s Day.

Praise God for good health!

We thank the Lord that He preserves us all from getting severe illness. “Bawal magkasakit!” maybe is our motto for these past few months. We tried to be healthy in the best way we can, do our utmost to keep distance from those who are infected, wear our mask always (some wear two masks for maximum security!), wash our hands always and sanitize our hands whenever we come in contact with others. With all these human responsibilities fulfilled religiously, we are thankful many of us are out of danger from having COVID!

Nevertheless, we have to remember that our safety and protection are made possible only because of God’s providential hand. He made all our human duties become effective according to His good pleasure. He has the final say and the Lord makes us secure because He wills it for us. As our Pastor, The Rev Dr Jeffrey Khoo always remind us, “what we can do, we will do; what we cannot do, God will do” (and even made possible what we did! — mine). Praise the Lord!

So it is just good and right to remember His grace, goodness and glory in all the things we have experienced during this Omicron surge. This way we are led to the truth of how we really escaped the COVID-19 scare. Giving credit only to our safety measures and vaccinations will make us false witnesses of the truth. The reality is that it is in His power alone that we are preserved. So, let us now remember the Lord our God.

Of His grace

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:2–8).

Here, the Apostle Paul thanked God on behalf of the Corinthian Christians for the grace given to them. This grace refers to the gift of God that made them a blessing to others in bringing the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have to understand that God’s grace is given to believers so that they can fulfill the tasks He has charged them with. We receive grace from the Lord in sparing us from the ill effects of COVID-19 because He wants to keep us healthy and to rejoice in Him. This grace of good health, however, must be translated into giving our lives as good instruments of His love and compassion to others. In other words, we are kept healthy in order to be fully of service to Him.

In keeping us healthy, God desires that the gifts He has given to the believers of the Lord Jesus Christ will grow and be put into good use. We know that if we become sick and weak, we are not able to worship Him on the Lord’s Day and we cannot join other ministries such as prayer and evangelism. We should take note that when we remember His grace we also see the reason behind why He grants us such grace to be in good health.

Of His goodness

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11–12).

The Apostle Paul tells the believers in Thessalonica of his continual prayers for them that God would “fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness.” The purpose is not just for the believers to prosper in their personal endeavours. The goodness of God is for the believers to appreciate the tender loving care of God for His people and to acknowledge the compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, the goodness of God is shown that Christians may give praise and honour to the Saviour.

God’s goodness must lead Spirit-indwelt men and women to be repentant of their sins. In spite of our disobedience and rebellion, He remains faithful to grant us the good things in life. Should we not be sorrowful over our transgressions and sins that grieve Him? We should not wait for His loving hands to chastise us to be reminded how good He is. His goodness is more than enough to encourage us how we must desire to please and glorify Him. Yes, God is good and let us aspire that we should be good servants of our good God, too!

Of His glory

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11).

Paul the Apostle, describes how everyone must bow down and confess His name in the end. All will give glory to God for He is worthy of it. Let us remember to give glory to Him because what He has done for us must be the compelling reason why we worship and adore our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Nevertheless, the worship we do on earth is limited, this will not last long. Let us not be ignorant that there is a far greater and longer, in fact, no end, of worship in His Kingdom. Giving glory to Jesus’ name on this part of the world is just a prelude of what we should do in our everlasting praise and worship in Heaven. Therefore, the grace and goodness that God is granting us must above all be a preparation for the eternal worship of Him who loved us and saved us.

This good health that we have today is a foretaste of the everlasting perfect glorified body that He will give us in Christ Jesus. That eternal healthy body will never be weakened nor be infected. It will not even experience death anymore! Therefore, let us be ready for the future gathering of all saints to exalt our God and bow down before our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ forever and ever.

God spares us from the weakening COVID-19 infections, but there is a far greater deliverance that He has already done for us. Truly born-again believers are spared from the fiery torment in hell and the eternal torture of the Lake of Fire. This is made possible by His grace and goodness unto us unworthy sinners.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:2–4).

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