HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
As we are now caught up with the Coronavirus pandemic and there is uncertainty among our people I am here to encourage you to stand your ground and watch unto prayer. God has given you a leader and you have to know him and listen to him.
God is shaking us because He has a mission for His Church, a mission for each follower of His– good works that He prepared before the world began that we should walk in them – and He doesn’t want us to miss the blessing of serving Him and seeing Him bear fruit through our lives of obedience.
Now, in the Bible, the Lord gave the Hebrew prophet Jonah a mission — to take a warning of judgment and the urgency of repentance to the people of Ninevah in modern-day northern Iraq, but Jonah refused to listen to the word of the Lord and tried to run away from the Lord by boarding a ship that was heading for Tarshish, which is modern-day southern Spain.
What happened? God began to shake Jonah’s world. We find the story in Jonah 1:4-6.4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.”
Jonah — a man of God, a prophet of God, a teacher of God’s Word — was on the run from God, and asleep to His voice. He wasn’t alert to what God was showing him for fear of the people. And like today, the watchmen fell asleep for greed and money that they missed the message for the hour. It is late, for the plague is now upon the land. Men’s hearts are dying with fear and they are praying to no avail. However, the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous man availeth much in this hour.
How convicting is this: that a pagan ship captain had to shake a teacher of God’s word, and wake him up, and beg him to pray for his salvation?
What about you? What mission has God given you? Are you obeying, or are you on the run from the Lord and asleep to His voice?
Oh, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, my Caribbean brothers and sisters, Oh America and the rest of the world. How Jesus in His day cried out, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:27
We have sinned against Thee O, Lord and in Thy sight, we are not worthy to be called Thine own. We have failed in every way possible and have left the precepts and foundation of Your SPOKEN Word. I am asking that we get back to the place where we have left You and asked that You O, Lord be merciful to us and to our people. It is You alone God that can pull back the hand of time and save your people.
I am encouraged this morning to advise you that Moses is in the Land and as he lifted up the serpent on the pole for the sick and suffering in his day. Isaiah 53:4-6 declares, “4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Make preparation for the days ahead because the Lord is going to work on His people. Lift up your hearts my people unto the Lord and let the King of glory comes in. who is the King of glory, the Lord of host, He is the King of glory. Blessings