I am aware that for many, lock-down is becoming increasingly frustrating. For others, the increased workload is leading to exhaustion. Then, for others still, new Government guidelines and talk of a ‘second wave’ are generating fear. However, as believers in Jesus, I think it is vital that we ‘step back’ and look at what God is doing and listen to what he is saying. Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus promised to “build my church” (Matthew 16:18). I am convinced that even through this present crisis, the Lord continues to build, strengthen and sustain his people. However, I am equally sure that he has used this crisis to highlight the nature of the church which he is determined to build.
In order to help you to consider this, I want to encourage you through the words of A.W. Towzer. For those unfamiliar with his writings, Towzer was an American pastor and teacher (1897-1963). He writes:
The church must claim again her ancient dowry of everlastingness. She must begin again to deal with ages and millenniums rather than with days and years. She must not count numbers but test foundations. She must work for permanence rather than for appearance. Her children must seek those enduring things that have been touched with immortality. The shallow brook of popular religion chatters on its nervous way and thinks the ocean too quiet and dull because it lies deep in its mighty bed and is unaffected by the latest shower. Faith in one of its aspects moves mountains; in another it gives patience to see the promises afar off and to wait quietly for their fulfilment. Insistence upon an immediate answer to every request of the soul is an evidence of religious infantilism. It takes God longer to grow an oak than to grow an ear of popcorn. It will cost something to walk slowly in the parade of the ages while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run—and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.
I am aware that there is a lot within that passage, so I encourage you to read it again and ask that the Lord, in all of his grace, would teach us patience and lead us to true maturity.
Yours and His, Gareth