28 April 2020

One of the things that I am aware of is that if you go too hard with the shut down and lock down (I’m writing this as we move to Level III — more people can go to work, but all shopping has to be contactless and we are not allowed to expand our bubble beyond one or two people) you get a rebellion. Too lax, and risk, too hard, and there will be — at least in Australia and New Zealand — noncompliance. We are not that orderly as nations.

Although I want to tell the authorities to go take a running jump and go full libertarian anarchist retard, this is not going to happen. We do have a virus, and we don’t know what is going to happen yet because no one knows. With limited data, we have to, individually and as a nation, be proportionate.

This calls for wisdom. Wisdom is there for those who seek her.

Proverbs 8:32-9:6

32 “Now therefore, O sons, listen to me,
For blessed are they who keep my ways.
33 “Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
34 “Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
35 “For he who finds me finds life
And obtains favor from the Lord.
36 “But he who sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love death.”

9 Wisdom has built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;
She has also set her table;
3 She has sent out her maidens, she calls
From the tops of the heights of the city:
4 “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks understanding she says,
5 “Come, eat of my food
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 “Forsake your folly and live,
And proceed in the way of understanding.”

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Where should one start to find wisdom? Proverbs is a good place, for the word is given to us for our benefit, and from it we will grow in the respect of our salvation, and the fear of the LORD, which is the beginning of wisdom.

1 Peter 2:1-3

2 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

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May we all have tasted the kindness of the Lord and the salvation he brings. In this time we need wisdom, but as James says, if we ask for it we will get it — and this season may indeed be the schooling we need to develop discernment, self discipline and maturity: components of what it takes to be wise.