Spiritual Benefits of Social Distancing and Self Quarantine
Jesus set the example
Due to the emphasis on social distancing and self quarantine, because of the covid-19 pandemic, many believers in Christ are in panic mode. Separating ones self is actually something all Christians should do from time to time because Jesus set the example for us. Consider Luke 5:16 Easy to read Bible: But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. This scripture lets us know that our Savior spent much time alone with His Father and we should as well. The Lord often remained overnight when He spent alone time with the Creator. Luke. 6:12 New International version One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus teaches that we should pray, fast, and give in secret. He actually says to go into your closet and shut the door. This is an excellent time to follow the example of our Lord.
John wrote Revelation while in exile
It’s normal to try to buck the system and carry on as usual during these uncertain times. There are many churches that will remain open and ignore the edict of not allowing more than 10 people to congregate. Others are using Facebook live, Skype and teleconferencing in an attempt to keep their members connected. Pastors are putting up video’s and social media posts echoing the news media who say we are social creatures and it’s not meant for us to be isolated. As true as this may be, we must remember that life happens and Apostle Paul admonishes believers to be content in whatever state we may find ourselves.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Sometimes we must take the attitude that it is hard to kick against the pricks (Acts 26:19) and go with the flow. One never knows what the Lord might pull from his or her spirit during a time of solitude. Keep In mind that Christ spent 40 days in the dessert, John the Baptist spent time alone in the dessert and John the Apostle wrote the book of Revelation while exiled on the island of Patmos. There could be something the Holy Spirit wants to impart to you during this time of solitude but there you are trying to continue with your normal routine.
Beware of manipulation
Christians must also be cautious but not against the secular world. There are popular preachers who are wolves in sheep clothing who are manipulating church goers during these difficult times. They are using covid-19 as another way to fatten their coffers. Ken Copeland is demanding tithes and Paula White is promising if you send her $91.00 that Psalms 91 will protect you from the coronavirus. Some of those who have decided to keep the church doors open are doing so out of the love of money. This is why spiritual discernment is necessary. They are saying to walk in faith and that it’s Hod’s will to be in church but it’s only so you will give your offering. If you have decreased income please take care of your family. Giving money to preachers does not guarantee that Hod will immediately move on your life, so please use wisdom. These popular television ministers are millionaires and don’t need your money but your family doe,
Make it personal
I have a good friend who said she was praising, worshipping, reading the word and talking to the Lord as she always does at home. My grandmother enjoyed watching the Gaithers gospel hour when she could no longer go to church. I loved watching her nod her head and sing along with the Gaithers. My great grandma used to walk through the house and sing hymns. My husband pulled up one of his playlists of worship music and we listened to it for several hours, just enjoying His presence. Married couples or homes with multiple family members can always have Bible study at home. Like my friend, this is something we have bern doing for quite some time. I share this because many Christians are heating over and over to sit in the building and tithe and have no idea about personal devotions. Always keep in mind that when we stand before Him, it will be for our own selves and not our church, pastor, or our denomination. We will not stand before Him as a group, or even with our spouse. Developing a strong private relationship with Him will enhance your church experience and your light will shine wherever you go.
Keep the distance spiritually
I had a former pastor who taught about guarding your anointing and being careful of who gets close to you because evil spirits can transfer. Look at social distancing as a way to not only steer clear of germs but to separate yourself into the Lord. Consider this down time as a period of fasting and keep your spiritual eyes and ears sharp. Be careful not to be drawn into meaningless conversations that will drain your spiritual energy. Pay attention to what is going on around you but steer clear of a crowd mentality. Use this time to hear from the Lord whatever He chooses to reveal to you. Pray and intercede for others and trust that you will emerge from this pandemic as truly a new creature in Christ Jesus.
Some people are quite OK being to themselves while others crave attention and being around the crowd, As we recover from the COVI restrictions let us remember that there is a season for everything and make the most of the alone time for spiritual growth.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston