We have been living with restrictions to our daily lives because of coronavirus and of course we are all looking forward to the time when things can get back to normal. What the new normal will be I just do not know but I have put together a few thought provoking questions to help us think about how we can make the most of our time in lockdown and benefit from it. Here they are:
1. How are you using this time in lockdown to evaluate what matters in life?
Yes, you may have less stress from running in the rat race of life and there may be less pollution in the air but have you been rediscovering the little things that matter in life? Has spending time with your family cooking, painting, gardening, reading, listening to music and online info, etc. given you a new appreciation of family life? What precious times do you plan to continue after lockdown? Will you view your employment differently when all this is over? What and who will you value more?
2. What are you doing to benefit your spiritual, physical and mental health?
Yes, you need proper rest, good diet, and exercise. Perhaps you have been spending time on your hobbies and even DIY jobs around the house. These are all very beneficial for your well-being but do not forget to take time out for God. Also, remember to share the load of household chores and if you are struggling with home educating your children, make sure to take time out for yourself.
3. If you believe in God, do you turn to HIM first with all your heart in this crisis?
Yes, it is good to heed the advice of the experts and follow the government’s guidelines for keeping safe. But perhaps as you listen to all the media reports your heart is filled with worry and fear.
Remember, Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.”John 14v1 KJV
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”Proverbs 3v5+6 KJV
Trust the Lord in the crisis and trust Him to solve it, even though we may have many questions about why it is happening.
4. If you believe God answers prayer, are you trusting God to answer prayer?
There are so many things to pray for: Those suffering and bereaved, world leaders, church leaders, medical staff, key workers, wisdom and healing, and much, much more. Pray people will turn to God through this pandemic. However, it is so easy to say prayers that are really only from the lips and not from the heart. Trust God with all your heart to answer prayer.
Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”Mark 11v24 KJV
5. If you believe the 10 commandments are God’s moral rule for our lives, what are you doing to keep them during lockdown?
I suggest that you get your Bible out and go down each commandment as found in Exodus 20v3-17, carefully considering how you can keep these commandments during lockdown. Don’t forget to consider how your time on the internet and social media relates to them. Don’t forget your heart attitude as well. I think if we are honest we all fail to keep the 10 commandments perfectly.
6. If you are a Christian, how are you practising Christ’s command to love thy neighbour as thyself?
Jesus taught that we are to love God first and that we are to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22v37-39). Our neighbour is not just the person who lives next door but other people too. You may not be able to get out during lockdown and isolation but that doesn’t mean you cannot keep in touch with and care for others. A little text or phone call may be all it takes to encourage and help others. Praise God for social media and all the benefits of modern technology. Of course, you may even be able to bring essentials to those who cannot go out. Perhaps you know someone vulnerable or in danger??
7. How are you making use of all the volume of good material and sermons online?
Now that the churches are closed, it would be so easy to forget about listening to sermons and just let Sunday pass as any other day. However, most churches are providing teaching for adults and children by various means online. In fact, I have never seen my Facebook newsfeed so filled with good sermons, children’s talks, helpful blogs, hymns and gospels songs. Research these for yourself.
8. Are you thankful?
The Bible tells us, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”1 Thessalonians 5v18 KJV
Be thankful for your blessings, food to eat, and lovely weather. Just imagine what lockdown would be like inside in the cold and wet! I am so thankful for being able to enjoy the sunshine in my back garden. Praise God for answered prayer and for all those who recovered.
9. Are you hopeful?
Yes, we hope it will end soon. Hope for vaccine/cure. But the Bible talks about the living hope we have through Christ. Read 1 Peter 1v3-5. This is not just some hope for the best, maybe it will happen by chance idea. No, this Biblical hope is steadfast, as if we already had it. Do you possess that living hope and strong assurance of faith?
By considering all these questions honestly and privately, I hope they will help you to decide how you will come out of lockdown a better and stronger person.
Please do not send me answers to these questions as they are not a test. I do not pretend to have all the answers right in my own life but I just offer the above questions to you for careful contemplation.
Love God and stay safe!