Coronavirus and Jubilee
Leviticus Chapter 25
8‘And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. 9Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 10And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. 11That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. 12For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field.
As we take time to slow down and be with our families, let us think of God’s plan. God did not plan for us to run from job to job and chore to chore to gather as much money (and spend that money on possessions) as we could. God planned for us to have margin in our life. Could you imagine living as Leviticus commands? Take an entire year off from work and live off what we have made in the previous 6 years. This would require us to save, plan, and have faith in the Lord’s provision. God’s plan for us was to gather and sow in such a way that we could reflect on God’s goodness in our lives.
Instead of being angry and fearful of what a slowdown in our lives and the economy might look like, we should take the time to be thankful for what we have been given. We should take inventory of the things we cannot have and cannot do and ask ourselves if we ever really needed those things to begin with.
I hope we can all find peace with our current environment and find a way to bring the Joy that comes with being a child of God to those around us.