Isolation is the antithesis of the gospel message. We are entreated to see ourselves as invisibly linked and unable to function without the involvement of our neighbour. Now more than ever we are seeing how interdependent we all are. As one by one our occupations are shut down as a means of limiting the spread of this deadly virus, we find there is less and less opportunity to engage fully with the world as before. Where then is the value of our faith?
Once again, it is not our faith, but the faithfulness of the Lord that will carry the day. Days of plague have covered the world many times, and have reached the most far flung communities on Earth. Who else is there to look to when there is very little offered by the modern god of technology and science. Will we simply wait like sitting ducks, hoping that somehow we will be numbered among the lucky ones who will survive? Or will we call on the faithfulness of God with expectation?
Our God cares. We know that by the way he has dealt with Sin. How much more then, can we have faith that he knows how to deal with our diseases also? The wounds on the back of Christ tell us how far he was willing to go to provide us with cure.