Preacher's Corner

From Pastor,
In who or what are you trusting? In these trying days you had better have an anchor for your life. “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure (secure) and steadfast (firm), and which entereth into that within the veil” (Hebrews 6:19). You had best know where you are going and who is taking you there. These are the most unsettling times that I personally have experienced. It seems even the “experts” don’t know the best way to handle all that is coming to pass. We have terrible things happening on several different fronts. First, we have the pandemic of Covid-19. How to truly handle this has not been clearly communicated to the general public. Wear a mask! Don’t wear a mask! Wear a mask in a business? Not necessary to wear a mask in a business! Open schools back up in August, no, wait until after Labor Day! Let your athletic teams begin to practice! No, it must be two weeks later! What is the average person supposed to think? Then, we have all this rioting…it has ceased to be, for the most part, a peaceful demonstration. Throwing objects at the police, shooting at peace officers, and burning buildings and cars is not a peaceful demonstration. Why try to hold a peaceful meeting when you carry bats, bricks, and Molotov cocktails to the meeting? If that were a business meeting in a Baptist Church, I would believe the church has some big problems!
I will be as honest with you as I can…I don’t know who or what to believe, except I do trust Almighty God and I do believe He has left His word here to lead, guide, direct, convict, and comfort me. In my consistent, consecutive Bible reading I read yesterday morning. “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man, It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes” (Psalms 118:8-9). This truly gives me a peace that the government nor the experts cannot give. The life of every truly born-again person is totally in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is very comforting to me to know that I am on this earth until God is ready to take me to heaven. I made a statement like that one time and a man came up to me and said, “What if I jump in front of a speeding train?” My answer was, “I would take it that it was time for the Lord Jesus to take you out of this world!” I am not referring to doing stupid things. I am saying that my Lord has a will for my life and if I trust Him and follow His directions for my life, He will completely take care of me. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in His way” (Psalms 37:23).
If I follow the advice of the “experts” and wear a mask and practice social distancing and I or those I am around come down with Covid-19, is this still my fault? If I don’t wear a mask or practice social distancing and those I am around come down with the virus…is this my fault? Humanly speaking the answer is to have a vaccine like we do for other viruses! Our President, in my opinion, has done all that he can do to aid in the battle against Covid-19. To be honest in the minds and plans of some people he cannot win. If he follows the advice of the “experts” he is wrong. If he does not follow their advice, he is wrong! The same is true, to some degree, for the average citizen. You know what I am going to do? I will wear a mask when required, I will do my best to social distance, but I am not going to live in fear. I will put my trust in the LORD and not in man or princes (government leaders)! God has the answer and I am willing to trust Him! Just Thinking!