"Sing to Lord and don’t let Coronavirus stop you from worshipping God" by: Caleb Gibson

   I love the story of Jacob because it reminds us of God provides for our needs. 
   While Jacob had basically nothing, no job, no house, no wife, no family living around him, the Lord spoke to him in a dream. 
   He was sitting a random patch of land. Jacob had left his family’s house because he deceived his brother. 
   Jacob got the blessing of the Father instead of Esau, the older brother. Esau was angry and wanted him dead. Jacob knew his skill in archery and figured it was time to leave. 
   When God speaks to him, Jacob calls the place Bethel. This means house of God. 
   Later, Jacob got married, had a job, good family, and much cattle. He became “exceedingly prosperous” (Genesis 30:43). When Jacob was being mistreated by his boss, God spoke to him again and reminded him that He was the God of Bethel. 
   He said, “I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.” (Genesis 31:13). 
   God was in essence saying, I am the God of Bethel when you had nothing. This speaks to us as well, when we have nothing, we can trust in God to provide for us. 
   Wherever you are today, whether you have nothing or you have plenty, seek the Lord. 
   Remember, our God is the God of Bethel today. He is the God who provides.
   With church getting back together, I believe it’s time to get exited about church again! 
   I can remember when we would visit my family in Houston, we would double dip. This is where you go to a 9 a.m. service at one church and an 11a.m. service at another one. 
   Even if you have to travel a distance, do it. I remember about 10 years ago while our family was looking for a good church, a lady shared a great phrase. 
   After our first night service at Harvest Time Church, one of the ladies said, “A church alive is worth the drive!” 
   That is so true for many churches today.
   Bruce Lee once said, “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” 
   He also said, “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.” 
   With 2020, we do not know what to expect. 
   I mean if we had a bingo card filled with double hurricanes, a pandemic, forest fires, and wild hornets, I’m sure someone would have five in a row. 
   Let’s be like the bamboo trees, when troubles arrives, we may bend, but we do not break.
   I am convinced that God is still at work today. 
   Take the precautions you need, and if you can, go to church. 
   If you are elderly and have had a compromised health, I totally understand, take care of yourself, maybe join online and leave a comment on your church’s livestream. 
   You also can still call a church friend and stay connected during the week. 
   Sing to the Lord and don’t let the Coronavirus stop you from worshipping the Lord. 
   Be like Jacob and put your trust in God.


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