Sabbath Services during Alert Level 3 and 2
I acknowledge that I was disappointed upon hearing the prime minister’s announcement this afternoon. Level 3 will remain in Auckland until Sunday evening, and then we will move to level 2. However, even then groups of more than 10 will not be allowed to gather.
This means we will not be meeting in person this coming Sabbath, and very unlikely the following Sabbath as well. However, we plan to observe the Sabbath via the webcast as we have done for a number of weeks this year. We appreciate the efforts Biju and others have put forth to make it possible for us to be connected via the electronic media.
I was reminded of the Scripture in Ecclesiastes 7: 14, which states: “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future” (NIV). Yes, presently our future about certain issues and events in this world are uncertain. When will we meet together in person again on God’s Sabbaths? What about observing the Feast? Uncertainties prevail.
However, our response is that we will not faint or become overly discouraged (Proverbs 24:10), and will be mindful that “---the Lord will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance (Psalm 94:14). Because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33) – including the Covid 19 virus – we have the confidence that if we remain steadfast, the world cannot overcome us (I John 5: 4-5).
Where possible, please keep in contact with one another. These are challenging times, disappointments will occur, but endurance during difficult times is necessary.
So, will “see” you all this coming Sabbath!
Take special care,
Andre van Belkum.