I was staring blankly at my phone.
That happens a lot these days. “Which restaurants are open?” I wondered. Some of our favorites are either closed or offering curbside service with a limited menu. Our family misses dining at San Jose’s and Thai Orchid, but we are thankful for the carry-out option.
For the last 7 weeks, I’ve been preaching through a series on the ordinary means of grace called “Soul Food” from Acts 2:41-42. That’s where God tells us how the early church was devoted to baptism, the apostle’s teaching (Scripture), the fellowship, the breaking of bread (The Lord’s Supper), and prayer. Together, these Spirit-empowered means of grace nourished God’s people as they spread out from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. God feeds his people with “meals” of grace.
Enter COVID-19 and the worldwide pandemic.
In God’s providence, the church is not able to meet together physically, which limits us to Scripture and prayer. Think about it. Three of the five means of grace can’t really be done in isolation. Baptism is washing with water, publicly identifying with the body of Christ. Fellowship is being together and having all things in common. The Lord’s Supper is bread and wine administered to the gathered body. But Scripture and prayer are available to Christians at all times.
I guess you could say that God is offering curbside service with a limited menu.
Yes, being quarantined is frustrating. But God has graciously given us this time to feast on His Word and prayer. This is a time to deepen our personal relationship with Jesus, hearing his voice and having his ear.
Brothers and sisters, make the most of this opportunity. Read and study the Bible. Meditate on it day and night. Listen to the voice of God in the Scripture. Speak to Him with honest prayers. Tell Jesus whatever is on your mind. Adore him. Advance his kingdom. Ask him for help. Admit your sins. Arm yourself against the enemy.
The next time you’re staring at your phone, take the opportunity to tap over to the Bible app and meet with God. Find a quiet place. Listen and speak. We may have a limited menu, but it provides unlimited satisfaction.