Depending on what state you live in, you may be experiencing complete isolation. In some places restrictions have been placed on church attendance, or if they are allowed to attend, they are often being told how to run their services, telling them not to participate in singing, hand-shaking, or Sunday-school.
These things have put many people in hard places emotionally. There is a reason God told us to congregate, we need each other. Isolation is used as a punishment in prisons because it is a very powerful deterrent. As you endure the hardships of this virus, you are probably willing to do whatever the officials recommend or tell us to do, but even though we all mentally understand the point in staying away from crowds of people as much as possible, we still yearn for things to return to normal. There are some things we can do and think about to help us not to feel like our faith is being shaken.Read More »
Every person in every age group is going through the same things you are, and some have it worse than you do. There are children and teenagers who feel like they are living through perpetual summer. Most of them miss the socialization that comes with school, and unfortunately many of them are suffering through abuse. If you are a student yourself, get phone numbers and call other children. Giggle with them and tell each other stories. Watch a television program together over the phone, be a help. Older people are feeling very vulnerable, especially if they live alone. A simple phone call can be very valuable to them. Many of them get their daily exercise walking to the empty mailbox. Send them a card or a letter. If you are attending church and they cannot, send them a bulletin every week with a prayer list and a description of your church services. Having a ministry in that way will be as helpful to you as it is for others.
There Is A Difference Between Being Alone And Being Alone With God
This is an encouraging thought. The fact that God never leaves us gives us an advantage in being content in where we are in life. Since faith comes from God’s word, spend time allowing him to speak to you through it, then spend time talking to him in prayer. He will give you comfort that you may not have expected and your spiritual growth will take a forward step as you move closer to him. Not only will this devotional time cause time to pass by very quickly, it will stay with you throughout your day.
You Do Not Have To Have A Church Building To Meet With God
Coming together with family members or small groups for Bible study and prayer, or for fellowship can be a substantial help to you emotionally and give you something to look forward to as well. You could meet on a comfortable porch, down by the creek, or even in your living-room. The Bible says in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Keeping this in mind will help you to endure not being allowed by law to attend your church.
Let’s all pray that as this virus has come to pass quickly.