As many of you have no doubt discovered by now, Ohio’s stay-at-home order has been extended into May. This is a final answer, a final confirmation to whatever hopes we had of getting a sense of normalcy back. But it’s OK, because even though things around us are changing on a daily, nay, minute-by-minute basis, our God is unchanging. He is still on the throne. He still holds the universe in His hands. He still has the fate of His children sealed through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) and the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:15).
Times like these have been convicting. God has used them to force me to ask myself, “Where is my worship?” Any portion of my worship that depended on a Sunday morning gathering at Cardinal Middle School is completely wiped away. I need Sunday through Saturday worship. The kind of worship that is lasting and genuine and reflective of the unchanging character of our loving God is the only kind of worship that will sustain us.
If you have been struggling with seeing God amid the current chaos, ask Him to reveal to you more each day what it means to worship Him. Start to read a Psalm each day and find refreshment there. Pour your soul out to God, and see Him refine you. Let us surrender any worship we have been giving to the god of “normalcy,” and may we as a body of Christ find new freedom and joy as we look to the unchaining nature of God’s eternal and precious promises, “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4, ESV).