One hundred four days into the New Year, and we are living in a national/international pandemic. Our normalcy, which we have taken for granted, has been shifted greatly by COVID-19. We have been asked by our government officials to stay in our homes, and only leave if there is a vital need. These needs may include grocery store shopping, ordering takeout and running to Walmart or Target for hygiene products. In addition to these new standards, if it is necessary to be outside of the house, we should put social distancing into practice while remaining six feet away from anyone in our vicinity. The places where we often frequent have become mighty awkward in response to this pandemic; it is obvious that we are living in a strange land!
In the book of Daniel chapter 3, King Nebuchadnezzar commanded the presence of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. His astrologers, magicians, and satraps have notified Nebuchadnezzar that these exiles will not bow, nor bend before the god that you have made. The King reinforces the Babylonian law to these young men, “when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.” They replied to the King by saying, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.”
These three Hebrew young men were aliens in a foreign land, they had been relocated from Jerusalem and separated from their families, but they refuse to be dislocated from their God. We are essential during times such as these because we are the great cloud of witnesses that serve a God who specializes in things that seem impossible. We must not allow our present circumstances to distort our honor, worship, and praise to the Savior. God is the same God in Jerusalem that He was in Babylon. God is the same God during 9/11, Columbine, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey, and He’s the same God during this worldwide pandemic!
by: Ralphael West
The Church Without Walls is praying and working diligently to protect our congregation and taking every precaution to ensure that our worship services follow CDC guidelines.
When greeting one another, instead of hugs and handshakes, greet using elbow bumps or wave ?? with a smile.
For further protection, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, stay home when you are sick, and do not bring children who are sick to the nursery, KWOW children’s area or Ignite Youth.
We will continue to pray and monitor updates.