COVID-19 has put many of us at home, either in self quarantine or personal isolation. Many people today are in a state of confusion and paranoia, even fear, because of this pandemic called COVID-19, or better known as the Corona Virus. At the other end of the spectrum, some believers are becoming even more lacksadaisical toward others in regard to this virus.
Understand that self quarantine or isolation is a biblical aspect rooted in Jewish tradition. In the book of Leviticus, Moses, guided by Yahweh laid out guidelines on how to deal “with a leprous” infection. In Leviticus 13:45, in talking about the test for leprosy, God says, “As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovdered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!'”
Verse 46 goes on to say, “He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.” It is obvious that, though we may not be infected, we need to keep ourselves separate from groups or even strangers we are unfamiliar with. One does not want to be put in a position of isolation, but because of the seriousness of this virus, it is most assuredly the solution for today.
One positive tool we have at our disposal during isolation is prayer. There is no better time for us to build on our own relationship with the Lord. Not only does the Lord want to hear from us, but He wants to be close to us and know our needs. This is also a great time for us to spend time in His Word.
Here is what we need to remember, the quarantine measures are aimed at not just helping ourselves but more importantly others.
Also important is the need to “wash our hands!” As simple as it is, we must adhere to that.
I am praying for everyone to be safe and practice social distancing. May God bless you and keep you healthy during this pandemic.