Not being able to meet in our churches has had negative consequences. Zoom is better than nothing. But nothing compares to meeting in person.
I love praise and worship in my church because I can literally feel the presence of God. The words that we sing pierce my heart. I often hear the Lord speaking to me during this time. But when there is no in-person church service, there is no corporate praise and worship.
If you’re used to attending multiple church services during the week and they’re suddenly all cancelled for months, you might start feeling spiritually dry. The love and fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ makes us feel good.
Group praise and worship makes us feel good. Listening to the Word of God makes us feel good. A lot of good feelings result from meeting together in our church building.
Maybe spiritual dryness can be a good thing. We know our relationship with God is not based on feelings. It is based on the Word of God. Maybe we are being tested to determine if our enthusiasm for the Gospel can endure a time of spiritual dryness.
Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon. But in the meantime, remember that the dryness of the desert may be preparing us for something bigger that’s on the way.
Think about it. Jesus was tempted in the desert for 40 days. Moses was in the desert 40 years! David spent a lot of time hiding in the desert from his enemies before he became the king of Israel. And then there’s Joseph! So God often uses that desert time to do a work in us, preparing us for service.
Our church has opened back up for in-person services, but I have missed 27 Sunday morning services, 29 Wednesday night services, and 29 Sunday School services! I think the devil is jumping up and down in glee thinking he has us on the run!
Of course, we have had zoom and recorded services, and I’m grateful for them, but it just isn’t the same as being together. I hope we have all developed a new appreciation for in-person services of every kind.
Remember Romans 8:28.
“…all things work together for good to them that love God…”
I believe God will work these times together for good, too. In the meantime, if you’re feeling spiritually dry, dig in deeper to God’s Word and prayer. This, too, will pass and we’ll be stronger for it!
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT
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