Our family discussed COVID-19 last night sitting on the front porch of an old house in the Hill Country. A couple of us are midway into significant leadership decisions related to the virus. We are learning new phrases like “abundance of caution” and “social distancing.” We discussed at length every human precaution we could take for our families and the organizations we lead.
My brother-in-law mentioned a passage he recently read which spoke deeply to me.
“He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest,
and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool,
and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.
You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago. – Isaiah 22:8-11
In this case, the people made every provision against devastation but they did not look to God.
To leave God out in a pandemic and to rely only on human intellect and ingenuity may be an offense to God and could be the worst mistake we can make.
So heed warnings. Take precaution. But turn to God. Cry out to Him for this is an uncontrollable season. Our hope and peace, our security and refuge, is found in our God. He is our rock and our refuge; our ever present help in times of trouble.