# 8 Quarantine: What’s the Point?

May 21, 2020

# 8 Quarantine: What’s the Point?

When I teach on fasting, the question I am most often asked, “Do I have to fast from food or can I fast from… (some type of activity, watching TV, golf, etc.)?” The answer is yes. In fact, Quarantine (The removal of activities from our normal living) and Fasting have a lot in common. The idea is a re-prioritization of life. Dallas Willard says, “Hurry is the great enemy of spirituality.” We simply need to make time (regular daily time) for God in our lives. We are guilty of being too busy to meet with God. So, we can choose to fast from activities, but the real challenge is the intentional replacement of those activities with delighting in God. This is such a good idea, God thought of it. The first nation to go through quarantine was Israel. 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. This nation was divinely unplugged from Egypt, international business, entertainment, sports, false religions, obligations to work – no farming, no building, no need for additional clothing (God made sure theirs did not wear out). No reason to make money, no reason to spend money. It was a meager existence but all their physical needs were met. 40 years of quarantine. What was the point? God eliminated everything from their lives and set up “His Tabernacle – His House of Prayer” in the very center of the Israelite camp. And He gave the invitation, “Come meet with me.” Read this next verse, carefully, slowly, and then repeat it. God spent 40 years to make this one point. Don’t miss it. Jesus meditated on these verses during his 40 days of fasting. Read it till you get the point.

“Remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.” Deu. 8:2-3  NKJV
That He might make you to know, you are a soul, an eternal spirit, whose primary source of life is fueled by the words of God. Like we need food, our spirit needs God. Don’t neglect his words rather cultivate this relationship.
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalms 37:4 NLT
So what is the point of quarantine? Similar to fasting – stop with the “hurry” of all activity. Are we using our new found time to plug into God or have we found other things to invest our time/energy/love? Are we any closer to God through the gift of Quarantine?

Wisbit Tip #8

If we are looking for powerful answers to prayer, God declares, “Delight yourself in Him and he will give you your heart’s desires. Prayer Tip Eight, Fast from activities: Radically eliminate hurry from your life while simultaneously taking daily delight in the Lord.

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am sorry for allowing other activities to crowd you out of first place in my life. Give me insight and courage to re-prioritize my life.  I chose to delight in you. Teach me how to pray? In Jesus Name Amen.

See you again soon,
Robert

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