Where Do We Go From Here?

When you received the newsletter a month ago, the economy was strong, unemployment was low, our store shelves were full, our church was doing well, our offerings were good, only surgeons wore masks, and few worried about getting sick or dying.

Now all that has changed.  It’s hard to believe – businesses are closed, churches are closed, Easter services have been canceled, people have been told to stay home.  Many are out of work or have had their hours cut back, and are worrying how to get through this.  Many plans have been changed, trips canceled, even funerals postponed.  All due to an invisible virus from the other side of the world.

And no one, not even the experts, seems to know how long this is going to last or how worse this is going to get, other than longer and worser (Shakespearean, but not grammatically correct).

So where do we go from here?  Not to despair.  We go to God.

1) We go to God in Prayer.  Uncertain times should drive us to our Rock, our Savior.  So pour out your worries & concerns & needs to God in prayer, like David, who cried:

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.  I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.  He sends from heaven and saves me” (Psalm 57:1-3a)

We can take comfort that God hears our prayers, and that He can bring good out of any situation, including this one.  Have you ever seen so many people walking and spending time together?  Companies & individuals are pitching in to help.  Pray how God can use you to make a difference in someone’s life, even through a phone call or a card to someone who needs it.

2) We go to God in His Word.  We need to watch less television and read more of God’s Word.  Obsessing over the news will not bring peace to your heart, but reading God’s Word will.  Set aside some time each day, get your Bible, get in a quiet place, and feed on God’s Word.  Where to start?  Philippians.  Job.  Psalms.  Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.  So many good places to go.  May we find that:

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105) – especially in dark times.

3) We go to God in Worship.  That’s one way we draw closer to Him.  One of the hardest parts of this quarantine has been not being able to meet together for worship.  Many of our people are really missing the worship & fellowship at Lighthouse over this forced separation.  Like David, we cry:

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Ps. 84:1-2

But we can still worship God at home.  Singing, praying, reading Scripture, taking communion – can all be fulfilling and even fun to plan & participate in.  We have been working hard to provide quality sermons & worship each week, so be sure to tune in to www.lightcc.org on Sunday mornings and click the middle button on the main page (or find our logo on YouTube under Lighthouse Christian Church of Oceanside; or through our Facebook page).  Or watch on Saturdays from noon to 1:00 on KOCT (ch. 18 on Cox) in Oceanside.  Part of worship is giving, so don’t forget to support your church in the meantime (see front page).

This won’t last forever, and we will be so glad to be back together again when safe to do so.  In the meantime, stay safe, stay well, and let us know if we can pray for you.  Let’s go to God in prayer, the Word, and worship and seek Him with all our heart; when we do, He promises we will find Him (see Jer. 29:11-14).

Mike Openshaw, Senior Minister