How are you protecting yourself spiritually?

I don’t know about you, but seeing healthy people walking around with masks on does something to me. If you’re sick enough to need a mask to keep you from breathing germs on other people, please stay home. If you are immune-compromised, then I understand your decision to try to protect yourself, and if you choose to wear a mask, have at it. But if you are healthy, then please, stop. Requiring/recommending masks for everyone only perpetuates needless fear. We look like something out of a sci-fi movie. I just read that Delta is requiring masks of all personnel AND passengers if you decide to fly. Seriously??

If you are sick or prone to catching every virus, limit your contacts. Stay home more if you feel safer there. Don’t be nasty; wash your hands, people! But, please, let’s push past the media-induced fear-mongering and return to some semblance of normal life.

All the restrictions make me think about God’s perspective. We are so worried about the physical dangers of sickness we are willing to give away all our freedoms and liberty and destroy our country’s economy along with people’s livelihoods. But do we even give a second thought to the spiritual dangers in our world?

What does God say about our attempts to protect ourselves?

Shelter-In-Place

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. (Psalm 27:4-5)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust!” For it He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. You will not be afraid of the terror by night or of the arrow that flies by day; or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. (Psalm 91:1-6)

The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 121:8)

Social Distancing

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. (Psalm 1:1)

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)

Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself. (Proverbs 22:24-25)

Wearing Masks

The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3)

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)

I said, “I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence.” (Psalm 39:1)

Wash Your Hands

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. (Psalm 24:3-4)

Here’s the truth. WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. No one gets out of this world alive (unless you belong to the Lord and live to experience the rapture of the church). We ought to be more concerned about protecting ourselves from spiritual sickness than living in fear of what can only touch us physically. What are you doing to protect your soul?

Matthew 10:28 – Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

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