Thank God for our nation!

We will soon be celebrating our 54th National Day! God has prospered our nation through good governance free of natural disasters. We have enjoyed more than five decades of political stability. We thank God for providing our country with highly capable, competent and a corrupt-free government. Through their prudent policies and by striving for excellence, Singapore has been transformed from a third-world country to a first-world country within a short 3-decade, and yet, we are still a small dot which most of the world mistake us to be a part of China, the world’s second largest economy.

We thank God that our country is strategically located and sheltered by the Straits of Malacca. This provides a safe shipping route between Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. This has sheltered us from natural disasters. We thank God we do not have earthquakes or hurricanes.

We thank God for a safe, clean and green Singapore. Above all, we thank God for freedom of worship. We cannot take for granted that we would continue to have good government, peace and safety in our country. Paul exhorts us, in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, to pray for those who are in authority so that we will live a peaceable life:

Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Let us uphold our country in prayer. Remember especially our leaders and those in authority. Pray that God will continue to raise up a government which fears God and makes wise policies that will ensure peace and continued progress of our country.

Our country will soon witness the transition to a new generation of leaders. Let us pray that this new team of leaders will hold on to the legacy of policies that will ensure our continued peace and safety of our country. Let us pray for the wisdom for our government in international relationships with our neighbouring countries and at a global level. This is critical for us to continue to enjoy the peace and prosperity of our nation.

Just as the government is important to our country, our church infrastructure is also very important to our church. We thank God for a God-fearing, scholarly and loving pastor. Our leaders maintain the spiritual health of members and are tireless in ensuring that the church events run smoothly. Our church administrator is dedicated and committed. We thank God for those who lead in fellowship, ministries and cell groups. Let us hold them in highest regard and continue to pray for them. This is critical for our church health and growth.

As much as God has given us peace, let us seize the opportunity to reach out to our unsaved loved ones, friends and colleagues with the gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We can reach out to our unsaved loved ones in various ways. We need to pray for their salvation. We should also make an effort to stay in close contact either through meals or sports. We can invite them to attend our church cell groups and church. Lastly, let us be exemplary Christians so that through our lives, we can attract them to our Saviour.

We will soon be moving to our new church premises at Mega@Woodlands. Mega@Woodlands is strategically located in a large residential estate, with good food and in close proximity to Admiralty MRT station. Let us be earnest in labouring for our Lord in this great harvest field. Let us capitalise on our location and the large residential area to win souls for our Lord. I believe that as we work, God will definitely work with us. May God grant us the courage and love for our friends and family. As much as we love our country, may we have compassion for our unsaved loved ones. May God continue to bless our great nation and prosper our gospel work in this great country of ours!