We have come to use a new term lately: “social distancing” ! It is a wise plan to slow the spread of a virus and statistics say it works. Recently we were able to see our granddaughter and I moved closer to her to see some chalk art on her sidewalk she had done and even though I maintained the suggested six feet she quickly scurried farther away ! We all had a good laugh but I thought how such “distancing” is never God’s “plan A”.
God has always desired intimate fellowship with man but our first sin in the Garden of Eden, like a deadly virus, severed our fellowship with Him. Yet He had the “vaccine” prepared well in advance of that first transgression for the Bible says Jesus was the “Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev.13:8). Anyone who accepts what He did in dying on the cross for their soul’s eternal salvation and reuniting with God enters into fellowship at that moment of conversion and the distance has been corrected !
Social distancing measures are needful in a pandemic and you may have been already experiencing the effects of a lack of regular and normal contact with others (church services cancelled, events postponed, work shut down, feelings of panic and distress). Imagine what the good Lord goes through when we persist to be distant towards Him because of a sinful habit or laxness in communicating with Him !! Especially since He has done so much to destroy the distance we created in the first place. In these trying times when you need to watch your contact with others why not take some good quality time today to draw close to Him? Spend some good moments sharing with Him your fears, asking Him for strength to endure and a calmness only He can bring so that you enjoy His peace but others see it in you too and are “spiritually undistanced” or drawn to Him !!! “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress. . . Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors though Him that loved us !” (Rom.8:35-37)