Isolation Introspection – 9 April 2020

“When you come into the land of Canaan, which I give you for a possession, and I put a case of leprous disease in a house in the land of your possession, then he who owns the house shall come and tell the priest, ‘There seems to me to be some case of disease in my house.’

Leviticus 14:34-35

This morning, I was reading God’s commandments to Israel concerning cleansing homes from leprous diseases (exciting stuff, I know!). But, I was struck by the way God speaks of leprosy in Leviticus 14:34-35. Did you notice what God says about the source of the leprous disease?

It’s Him.

God himself inserts (he says literally, “I give” or “I place”) the disease in the house, according to his own word. Think about that, with regard to the disease currently ravaging our city, nation, and world. God controls every individual viral cell, and places them exactly where he wants them. That fact does not make the sorrow caused by Covid-19 any less acute, but it does make our perspective more clear. As those we know and love (any maybe even us personally!) deal with the effects of this pandemic, we do so under the watchful eye of a loving Father who designed these things to happen for his purposes. And, as we Christians know, those purposes are ultimately his glory, and our good (Rom. 8:28).

Pray for that perspective, and for the peace that comes from knowing that God directs this virus to do his will.

The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!