Does God understand? I read in the Old Testament about a worship service that was interrupted by Aaron’s two sons, placing strange fire on the altar and both of them being struck dead. Moses instructs some relatives to carry the boys out so the service can continue.
If anyone ever had an excuse to be away from church services, it was Aaron. He had lost both his sons in an instant and was not allowed to grieve at all, but immediately was pressed into returning to his duties with God.
How important is our reasonable service? It sounds like God takes it pretty seriously.
Is our excuse for missing services as good as Aaron's?
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
Hbr 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Read the case of strange fire and the consequences in Leviticus, chapter 10.
Lev 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.