Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Deuteronomy 4: 1-14; focusing particularly on vs 6
"Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people'."
These days, it seems wise to test for COVID19 widely, publish the results transparently and quickly, and subsidize healthcare so that the sick are able to access care and are less likely to spread it widely. In the short run, such measures seemed unnecessary. Since others did not follow suit, countries like South Korea that found high numbers of cases looked like they were the least attractive places. Countries that did not test, and thus had few cases to report, looked more attractive.
I am reminded that the commands of God lead to optimal outcomes in the long run. I want to make sure I am test my heart, examine my ways, and try to root out evil within myself as our society seeks to root out the sickness from our midst. James 4:8 comes to mind - cleanse your hands ye sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded. But this process need not be depressing. I also hear God say to me, from Phil 4: 4-5, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice1. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near."
NHC - may the way we live out our faith cause us to walk in the ways of wisdom, that we may emerge from this process wiser, stronger, and more holy.