CONTEMPLATING THE GREAT ESCAPE
   I send Apostolic greetings and grace and peace to all the Saints from our Lord Jesus Christ, even God and our Father. We bless the Lord for allowing us to get to the end of another year. Especially, a year that has been so trying for the entire world. But having obtained help from God, we continue even unto this day.
 
   As we continue to assess the issues of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and all the unrest that still exists in our country and indeed in the world, we must always keep our focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Some time ago, the Lord spoke to us of the importance of remaining “faithfully focused.” We have been reminded that He ‘will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds stayed upon’ Him and trust in Him. He is able to perfectly fulfill every promise.
 
   Today, I would like to direct your memory to one of His more precious promises. First Corinthians ten and verse number thirteen says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” We find this as an encouraging word for your people especially now. So many are asking, “When will our lives return to normal?” Meaning, when will things go back to the way they were? But let us together realize that first and foremost, that our God is in complete control. What we are experiencing did not come into being without His divine permission and direction. Therefore, our focus should not be on ‘getting out of this’ as much as ‘let us get the message’. God is speaking and we need to hear Him and know His will in all of this. St. Paul taught in the passage that there is no trouble that is happening just to us but rather, that which is common to people everywhere. But we are to take heart. He will make a way of escape, release, and deliverance before this overwhelms us. So, today I encourage all Saints. Let us remember that He has us. He cares for us and He will deliver us. So, we don’t contemplate on how do we get out of this but rather, let us focus on the God of our salvation. Let us keep our minds stayed on Him and let Him keep us in His incomparable peace.
 
Maranatha,
Bishop Wells