– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, just before the Sunday of March 15th, Ron and I learned that our church would be closed because of covid 19. To learn that our worship service would be closed for a reason other than snow, or ice, seemed particularly odd, and felt really strange. But as the closings continued, to my GREAT surprise, I found that I had adjusted to it. When I realized that I had, I wondered, why don’t I miss it more? And then I remembered. It was not because I didn’t love attending church, no not at all. It was because of God.
God has designed Man for survival by embedding within him an adaptation “app.” And because God is the Master Craftsman, it works well. So, we adapt to most any situation, and because we do, Man continues to survive. But in this current threat, the “app” just might be a detriment. For true survival requires a life lived with Christ, and to do that well we need the fellowship of faithful believers.
Just days ago, I heard we are better together…weaker apart. I thought about how in so many different ways that that is true. And it rings true with God’s Word too. For Scripture repeatedly calls us to gather together for the strengthening and the encouragement of one another.
During covid concerns, we must do all that we can to keep in holy fellowship. Let us not give into the ease of adaptation without a fight to stay as connected as possible within our various circumstances. We must remain in some regular form of contact with the Body of Christ until we all can return to the joyous freedom of no-barrier fellowship to God’s honor.
Just think of what the weekly family reunions must mean to our Heavenly Father…the God of love and fellowship. What honor is given Him when His children gather as sisters and brothers for Him, with Him, in His House.
Step back for a moment, and think of the joy that you as a parent, or your parents, experience when the family gathers under one roof. It is, in the heart of a parent, the greatest of all occasions. But Man’s joy cannot compare to that of our Holy Father’s, for His capacity for love is far greater than ours. That thought alone should keep us running into His House.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love
and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are
in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the
more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
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