By now we’ve all received the message loud and clear from our President, Vice-President as well as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Brix to practice “social distancing.” Stay home. And if you do go out for a walk, to the grocery, or to a carry out restaurant, stay 6 feet apart from others.
These mitigation efforts have forced almost all churches to temporarily suspend public assemblies. No Sunday morning or Wednesday Bible classes. No Sunday worship. No ladies classes. No gospel meetings. No potlucks. All of this social distancing can leave us feeling disconnected, detached and even disjointed spiritually.
Social distancing, however, does not have to mean spiritual distancing. No, I’m not talking about defying public health orders about assembling. I’m talking about drawing closer to God.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” exhorted and advised James, the brother of Jesus.
While Christian fellowship helps us through collective worship, Bible study, and mutually shared experiences, it’s not the only way to draw closer to the Lord.
Maybe this time of “sheltering in place” will help us slow down from our fast paced lives. Look around. Think. And meditate on spiritual matters.
Draw near to God through nature. It’s Spring time. We’re seeing the flowers bloom, the red bud trees budding and the dogwoods blossoming. Look for the beauty of God’s creation wherever you live. The sun, moon, stars, all remind us of our loving and beneficent Creator. (Ps 19:1-2)
Draw near to God through His Word. Read it. Meditate on it. Allow it to saturate your mind and heart. Chase away feelings of fear, frustration and worry by listening to the Lord through the Holy Spirit’s revelation. Make it personal. Get into the Psalms. Find passages that speak to your heart. Make it a family exercise for everyone to share at least one Bible passage everyday that comforts and encourages you during these unusual times. (Psalm 119).
Draw near to God through prayer.We know God hears. Cares. And answers. Pray for this crisis to end soon. Pray for your family. For the sick and suffering. For health-care workers. And pray for strength to face whatever challenges may arise. (Phil 4:6-7).
Today is a day we normally would be meeting together and enjoying the fellowship with those of like faith. We’re missing the hugs, hand shakes, and smiles of our brethren. And our joint participation in worship. But social distancing cannot keep us apart from God.
Today worship with your family. Praise God. And remember Jesus. He’s still Lord of lords. And King of kings. He’s still our Savior. Rock. And Redeemer.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy. (Ps 145:18-20, ESV)
Have a blessed day.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman