Spending quality time together with those whom we love is vital to our spiritual and emotional well-being. Technology mustn’t be our only viable option. What about small groups? At least give us that.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (KJV)
Because of COVID-19 the majority of churches are not assembling. Instead they are substituting technology for the auditorium. This is understandable because the danger is real. However, do you know what is more real? Sin. Isolation from others may lead to more sins in private. We become discouraged without brotherly affection. Our faith is what unites us. We cannot truly commune together without being in the company of another Christian. Please don’t give up on the church assembling altogether. Do you see the day approaching? COVID-19 has it crystal clear in all our eyes. Death is a real threat to our loved ones. Between you and me dear reader, I need some encouragement and exhortation.
My mother lives in a nursing home less than 30 minutes away. The government issued an order that nursing homes remain locked. Nobody comes in and nobody goes out. The nurses will not even take a case of diet cokes from the outside to give to mama and pop. Separation anxiety is affecting my parents. I’m hoping the solution we found will help you too. We have visits over Skype where we can see each other face to face. There’s another program called Zoom.com. Zoom allows group meetings. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a church and family fellowship online?
Speaking of separation anxiety, the Corona Virus has us all worried about the health of our loved ones. The news keeps the pandemic in front of us. You can hardly find a roll of toilet tissue at the store. I bought the last pork roast on the shelf last week. We are concerned. When and if, will the next paycheck arrive? Will it come at all? Let’s remember Jesus reassurance not to worry. (Matthew 5:25-34). There’s no cause to fret over where our daily necessities will come from. “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)
Loss of employment. Loss of a loved one. Death of a friend. Corona Virus has led many down the dark shadows. Depression is like a heavy shroud weighing down upon the soul. Many across the world are grieving the loss of their personal freedom. Some of our brethren are going hungry. The victims of COVID-19 leave a terrorized society in its wake. So, we hunker down in our homes, trying to minimize our trips to the store. Emotions tailspin the negative thinking we are hypnotized with by the media. There has to be some relief. The answer is Jesus He is the true life, the real spiritual life that has no fear of physical death.
COVID 19 cannot separate you from God even in death. Period! His love is like a hen gathering her chicks under her wings. In fact, Scripture reassures us,
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:35-39 (NKJV)
The real danger is not the threat of getting the Corona Virus. Falling out of faithful duty to the Lord is the true threat. What will we do when we are by ourselves, or with just the few people closest to us in life? We must stand in the grace and mercy of God in sickness and in health. In whatever state we have come to be in, let us learn to serve God without ceasing. God’s perfect love drives out fear. Choosing Christ, we will not be tormented by the fear of any plague in this world.