“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
I have always loved the letters of Samuel Rutherford the Covenanting minister, but understand as never before his grief when he was separated from his flock in Anwoth and banished to Aberdeen, where he was forbidden to preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ. But, as he said,
“E’en Anwoth was not Heaven –
E’en preaching was not Christ.”
His prison and solitude became to him the banqueting house of his King, even Christ. So in these days of social distancing, when we cannot any more receive into our homes our dear friends and relatives, when you let them knock and leave parcels at a closed door, the verse from Revelation (above) comes with a wonderful comfort.
He is the one guest whom we can receive and make welcome. Into hidden deeps inside us He comes, and never need we feel solitary, for he sups with us of an evening.
And for those not shut in, but out in the front line of danger, take comfort from the Apostle Paul, who whether in prison, where the Lord appeared to him, or in the midst of a mob wanting to kill him, could say:
“I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
With deep love, and may God bless you abundantly,
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