At the moment I am sitting in my prayer room writing this letter to you from our farm Shalom. As I am writing this, we have had reports that there are forest fires everywhere. There is a wind blowing and it is code red which means no one may burn any firebreaks or any such thing.
The town, which is 15 km away has been closed because of rioting and looting, and this is the case in most places in Kwazulu Natal.
What we need to do in a situation like this is, first of all, not to panic, and that is easier said than done. But please remember, I am in this with you all the way. I’m not writing this letter from some ivory tower, in some far-off place. No, I am right in the middle of KZN, with my wife and my entire family.
As you may know, we are all bonafide farmers. My one son cannot get any staff to work to pick his strawberries, which need to be picked on a daily basis. My other son is a cattle farmer, and he needs staff to manage his cattle. Another of my sons is fighting fires in his sugar cane fields, and the other is a timber contractor and has no staff to work with.
But the Lord has warned us about these times right from the beginning. In fact, in John 16:33 (NKJV) He said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We need to look at the situation through the eyes of the Lord. The Lord has promised you and me, that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
So in the heavenlies nothing has changed. The Lord is never, ever caught by surprise. What we need to do as mature followers of Christ, is we need to exercise extreme patience, and we need to use faith. We need to stand and face the devil.
Remember the Lord has told us repeatedly to put on the armour of God every morning. Did you notice there is nothing to cover our backs? That is because He does not want us to turn our back on the situation, but to face it full-on with the armour of the Lord, in faith and He will undertake the fight for us.
He tells us in Ephesians 6:14 to “stand”. Stand, the battle is the Lord’s. We are not to fight, but to stand and God will fight for us.
Obviously, we need to protect our loved ones, we need to protect our possessions and we need to be proactive. Faith has got feet, it’s a “doing word”. We need to take all the precautions that any responsible family man would ever take, but always speaking life and not death. Do not throw petrol onto the fire. If you have got nothing good or wholesome or constructive to say, rather reserve your opinions for yourself. But if you can speak life and if you can pray, then do it with all your heart.
Pray for the government, pray for our president, pray for our leaders, pray for the citizens of South Africa and God will see us through. He will not fail us, and He will not desert us.
Jesus bless you,
Angus and Jill Buchan and the team.
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