Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.•
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, "The Lord is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
"Because he loves me,• says the Lord, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Dearly beloved family members of Asia Pacific Baptist Federation,
I trust this letter finds you in good health and enjoying the abundant, amazing grace of our good and faithful God. In these difficult, uncertain days, we rejoice in the fact that we are treasured children of God. That our Father's eyes are upon us! May He bless our bodies even as He blesses our souls. Let us remember: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). Rather, He desires that we humble ourselves, seek His face and allow Him to do His work in and through us and heal our lands! Let us submit to His Sovereign Reign and Lordship!
Current situation looks bleak because as of today, about 245,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus Covid-19 with more than 10,000 deaths. In the face of such a dangerous and scary disease, let us look up to God and not fear this "invisible enemy"! His grace is more than sufficient and we can be more than conquerors in Him! Where there's confusion, may He grant clarity; where there's fear, faith; and where there are contingencies, courage and wisdom to make them and carry them through. Let us as God's beloved, chosen people:
Be THANKFUL for God's hedge of fire and shield of protection over us and our loved ones!
Be FOCUSED that in times like these when programs, travel plans and activities are cancelled, we can spend extended time with God to seek His face, the One seated on His throne, who desires that the earth be silent before Him. "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You!"(2 Chronicles 20:12).
Be WISE in keeping ourselves fit and healthy with good hygiene habits, not going to crowded places but washing our hands often (at least 20 seconds!)
Be RESPONSIBLE & CONSIDERATE in not coughing or sneezing into the air when sick, but into a tissue or handkerchief, to wear a mask, see a doctor and be treated and to stay at home to rest and recuperate and practice social distancing so as to combat the spread.
Be "FAITH-FULL & PRAYERFUL" as we trust God to protect us, contain the spread and to eradicate this virus because He alone has the Power and Wisdom. Let us grow in trusting God as we plead His mercy to give wisdom to the scientists and medical professionals to come out with the vaccine and cure quickly! Let us also pray for those affiicted to be treated and delivered from this plight and many others who have lost loved ones and livelihood around the world!
Be ENVISIONED to see open doors of opportunities to share the sacrificial love of our true and living God who has given us the greatest gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and along with Him, eternal life and everything that we need, especially as we observe Good Friday and celebrate Resurrection Sunday.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7=13 & 14)
"Every crisis is also an opportunity to pray and seek God with a quiet spirit and to share His great love and power!"
A fellow pilgrim in this sacred journey,
Rev. Edwin Lam