During this Corona pandemic the UK government is now enforcing social distancing - a practice dating back to the children of Israel during the time of the tenth plague of Egypt.
But the theme of this passage - which runs through the whole Bible - is one of spiritual distancing. "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (2 Cor 6 vs 17). This verse may seem harsh but it contains a wonderful promise. Take the sandals off your feet, put the dazzle of city lights behind you and then you may enter into the presence of the immortal invisible immutable Holy and Eternal God.
Isaiah 47 describes Babylon deluded by its knowledge and wisdom and ‘secure' in wickedness. What security is there today from living in a 'great city' like Wuhan or even London?
The writing is on the wall but is anyone reading what it says?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded' (James 4 vs 8). There’s a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.
There’s a door that is open and all may go in.
Jesus says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock”.
Any who don’t yet now Him should know that in this time of lockdown if we invite Him in we will no longer be living in the valley of the shadow of the law of sin & death but a new law of life in Christ Jesus. Not conformed to this world but transformed with a renewed heart. When you see all these happen don’t lament over a world that is passing away but look up for your redemption draws near.
God has said: "I will dwell in [you] and walk among [you]. I will be [your] God, and [you] shall be my people." (2 Cor 6 vs 16).
Shout it from the roof top - at a safe distance!!
26 Mar 2020