Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

When unrighteousness is revealed, bloodshed disclosed and the guilty are called out, the prophet Isaiah asks the faithful to pray. Interestingly he calls them to go home and shut the door (Isaiah 26:20):

Go, my people, enter your rooms
    and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
    until his wrath has passed by.

Coincidentally this resembles current shelter-in-place orders, a decree for people to stay in their homes, one of the key strategies to avoid COVID-19 infection. On March 11, 2020 the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. On March 13, 2020 a national emergency was declared in the United States concerning the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the prophet Isaiah there is a time for disclosure (Isaiah 26:21):

See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
    to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
    the earth will conceal its slain no longer.

In the US there have been public disclosures of long-hidden sexual abuse cases and especially cases of racial hate crimes. Examples of injustice and innocent bloodshed have been videotaped and publicized. These things are no longer concealed, but revealed. Injustice is a festering wound of a people; only by cleansing and dressing the wound can there be a chance of healing. In this respect time of disclosure represents time of hope. At last we address the overlooked issues and allow ourselves to grieve and initiate the necessary change.

Heaven cries as earth is going through terrible times (Isaiah 24:4):

“The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish with the earth.”

Nobody relishes the time of judgment. It is however a necessary evil. In tumultuous times prophet Isaiah asks the children of God to continue trusting their Heavenly Father. Perfect peace is promised to people devoted to the Lord.

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