We are all ‘shut-ins’ under the current lockdown. My friend Dr. Stanley Barnes has a brief article in Footprints of Faith, written over thirty years ago, that is encouraging in these difficult times.
“Noah is the first of God’s shut-ins mentioned in the Bible: “And the Lord shut him in” [Genesis 7:16]. The Lord shut Noah and his family into the ark, not only for their protection but that through them, humanity might have a new beginning.
“Joseph was shut in prison in Egypt after being falsely accused. ‘But the Lord was with Joseph’ to prosper him and to fulfill his sovereign purpose in his life.
“Moses became one of God’s ‘shut-ins’ in the desert of Midian where he learned the lessons of his inadequacy and the truth of God’s all-sufficiency.
“Daniel was another of God’s ‘shut-ins’. He was shut up in the den of lions, but God sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths. Daniel had to learn the lesson of God’s fidelity.
“God’s shut-ins may be overlooked by man, but never by Him. He has a ministry for them, even in their difficult circumstances. Very often, it is a ministry of prayer and personal witness. Let us not be discouraged. He loves us still. May the Lord this day enable us to trust and believe Him, that we, like God’s servants from the past, may prove His presence like Joseph, His power like Moses, and His protection like Daniel.”