A CHALLENGE. Christians are taught not to forsake the “assembling of (themselves) together” (Hebrews 10:25). Now with the coronavirus restrictions churches have had to close down. Fortunately, many have been able to continue preaching the Gospel by means of webcasts, but without live congregations. So the devil has been robbed of victory as the Word continues to go out. But he has also been defeated as his pubs, taverns, casinos, clubs, and other places of satanic influence have been closed too.
God likens His people to trees (Psalm 1:3, 99:12). Fir trees grow clumped together to gain strength and stability from each other. But the cedar is one of the strongest and most stable of trees. It grows alone.
In this present crisis believers cannot meet together like the fir for strength in their assemblies. But God can make us strong in solitary growth, like the cedar of Lebanon.
“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”