# 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.