Highways To Zion - Judy Nichols

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In these days of the pandemic, we are all hypersensitive to touching things.  We’ve seen videos about disinfecting our groceries piece by piece when we bring them home.  We’re routinely told to watch out for ordinary things others might have touched – doorknobs, light switches, handrails, and especially other people – and to wash our hands thoroughly after touching any of them.  And above all, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth, lest you expose yourself to the deadly virus.

Several times in the Old Testament, God told the Israelites not to take any of the spoil after a military victory.  All the people and animals were to be killed and all the gold, silver, and any other valuables were to be burned.  (See 1 Samuel 15 for an unfortunate example of disobedience to this.) “None of the devoted things shall stick to your hand,” He said (Deut. 13:17). Later, Isaiah prophesied to those who would return from the Babylonian exile, “Depart, depart from there; touch no unclean thing” (Isa. 52:11).   And Paul quoted this in his second letter to the Corinthians, in the context of sinful relationships (2 Cor. 6:17). 

As those who are to “abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11), shouldn’t we be as scrupulous about what enters into our souls through our five sensory organs as we are about avoiding the coronavirus waging war in our bodies through them? Gazing upon temptation rather than looking away, listening to lies of the enemy and failing to refute them with God’s truth, taking a deeper whiff of a fragrant odor that will later cause an allergic reaction, tasting evil without being aware of the bitter after-taste, touching sin and later experiencing the wounds and pain it inflicts, are all things we should be aware of and eschew just as much as we are avoiding the virus.

Would that we all were as hypersensitive to avoiding sin in our lives as we are about keeping ourselves safe in the pandemic.  The coronavirus will one day be history and we look forward to that day.  This world will one day be history, as well, and there is another day that we who know Christ look forward to.   It will be a day when not only the coronavirus is gone but also gone will be sin, death, pain, and tears.  It will be a day when all that is wrong with God’s creation now will be set right, with God Himself reigning in glory over it.  Paul’s letter to Titus expresses it well.

“It [God’s grace] teaches us to say  ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12). 

I am being as careful as I can about touching things that might infect me. Lord, make me equally careful about keeping sin at bay.

© Judy Nichols 2020