Deuteronomy 15:1

Attitude, Business, Conscience, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Deuteronomy 15:1, Family, Health, Kindness, Lockdown, Poverty, Rest, War, Wisdom

This COVID-19 crisis has re-emphasized to me the cruelty of humans to one another. Amidst a crisis that was meant to teach us what it really means to be a good Samaritan there are some unscrupulous human beings that exploit and punish others for a crisis which they had no control over – a crisis that is already punishing humanity.

I see the disregard that some humans have towards those who have lost their lives. I see the disregard that some humans have towards those who have lost loved ones. I see the disregard that some humans have towards those who are currently struggling with this unseen evil called COVID-19. This disregard is broadcast loud and clear through obnoxious and inconsiderate protest to just reopen places irregardless of the effects. This disregard is broadcast loud and clear through some humans or some employers that want to still push unconscionable work demands from home. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a war bigger than COVID-19 that we are involved in.

This is a supernatural war between the forces of good and evil and COVID-19 is just a piece in this complex war that we are involved in. At a time when humans should be looking to ease the pressure this virus has caused to their fellow human beings some are looking to pile the pressure on.

Deuteronomy 15:1 (KJV) says “At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.” If you continue to read the entire chapter you would see that God had given instructions to the Hebrew nation on certain protocols that were to happen every seven years.

These protocols were designed to help ease pressures on the poor, the underprivileged, the neglected and the people of society who had no voice. God in His goodness and wisdom understands that we as humans need rest from the trials that beset us here on earth. It is with this wisdom that He instructed the Israelites to give rest to their fellow Hebrews from their various besetting issues at the end of every seven years.

Oh friends if the Great God of the universe could do this for us my question is why can’t we do it for one another during this crisis by:

1. Employers stop trying to overwork those employees that are still in jobs as though they are being punished for still having a job. And it doesn’t matter if the employee is forced to work from home or on-site. When humans are dying left right and centre this is not the time for a ‘business as usual’ attitude.

2. Fellow human beings helping each other and sharing the love of Christ the best they can either by sharing food or helping a neighbor, by relieving any immediate need that neighbor might have once it is in their power to do so.

3. Each person being good to their own selves and allowing yourself without the feeling of guilt to enjoy a bit of well needed rest during these lockdowns from the hustle and bustle of everyday life where time can be given for self reflection, self introspection and meaningful time with God.

My hope and prayer is that each one of us will be good to one another and as an extension be good to ourselves and to Almighty God during this peculiar, startling and unforeseen storm called COVID-19.

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