Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. Philippians 4:21 (NIV).
Did you view a church service on Sunday? Last week, our church in Frisco, Texas had done a partial online message, but this week we did a full online service. For a first-time effort, it was a success: over 75 couples showed up. With all those who attended via Zoom, there were easily over 150 people together even if it was virtually.
That’s a huge blessing, you know. In the middle of both imposed and self-imposed shutdowns, brothers and sisters are together and send each other greetings in the name of Jesus. Even when Satan is on the march and working to shut down God’s church, God’s church finds other ways to persevere and move forward because our mission is to greet all of God’s people in Christ Jesus. That’s especially true today, during this COVID-induced crisis. He is still abiding with us even during fear, uncertainty, and panic. He may be even more active, considering so many in the world are, at least for now, living upside-down lives in ways we’d never imagined.
He is still our shepherd and we are still not in want. Sure, there are still shortages of some things. And, yes, the news is still trying to get us to panic. Yet God is still very much in control and watching over us, wanting to guide each of us to repentance, then His riches, so that none around us will be lost.
In all ways, He is still providing what we need – Him first and foremost – to prevail. Did you wake up? Did you eat today? Whatever your condition, are you still in functioning health? Our primary needs of spiritual triumph in Christ, then physical, hierarchy needs of survival are still being met. Christ is still the healer of our souls, then the feeder of our bodies: just like He was before this madness started.
He’s still giving us new opportunities to dig deeper into Him and share Him with others. More people turn to God in times of crisis, proving the old saw true: better late than never. If this is your first time communing with Him, try doing it in prayer, on your knees. Open up your heart and talk with Him. Open up His word and let it touch your heart, then do what it says. Be the church especially outside the building.
These things are nothing new. He has sustained every generation since Eden just as He is sustaining ours now. To prevent infection, perhaps we shouldn’t meet in groups in a large building for now, but thank God He gives us other ways to do so. These hard times will pass but God never will. During them, let’s keep the faith and use it to encourage others.
For further reading: Psalm 23:1, Romans 2:4, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians 4:22.
Lord, abide, lead, and guide us in these days. You prevail.