The Coronavirus seems to be capturing the attention of people around the world. Will it be a pandemic disease that affects life everywhere – who can tell? As children of our loving heavenly Father, what should our response be? It is interesting because this is not the first, nor will it be the last time, that we’ll face a life threatening disease or event. The world clamors with rumors of how it will affect us and what we must do to protect ourselves. Many of these solutions invoke fear and separation. And without an intimate relationship with Christ, this terrible virus can spread worry, anxiousness and hopelessness everywhere, and even Christians are subject to letting their focus be upon only what they see and hear from the world.
But how would God have us respond to this or any other devastating situation that we will encounter? First of all let’s get back to God’s word and focus on it. Ps 56:4 says, in God, whose word I praise, I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do to me. In this verse we have perspective and identity. God is in control and I am His child.
Secondly, we need to recognize God’s ability to keep us safe even in the midst of trouble. Exo. 15:26 “If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you… for I am the Lord that heals you.”
God’s people live in a place of provision and protection. God is not only able to keep us from a disease, He is able to heal us even if we contract it. So as a child of the Father, we have no need to fear or worry about what we face here on earth. II Tim. 1:7 “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.” So with that in mind, we don’t react in fear but instead we respond in a strong faith in our Lord.
Do we take precautions – definitely! In Neh. 4:18 we read that the builders of the wall wore their sword while they worked. They prepared for what could happen. And in Matt. 10:16 Jesus tells us to be aware of the enemies tactics, be wise as serpents. God would not have us to nothing. Be prepared. Use wisdom when traveling and as most of the sites say, wash, wash, wash. But don’t walk in worry or fear. God was not surprised by this.
Use this time to go deeper with Him and then seek the opportunities that He gives you to reach out to others.