Coronavirus has hit our country and state. The news gives us a lot to digest. I can’t speak to what is overblown or true or misleading, and I’m not a doctor, but there are a few things I do know during this time and whatever is to come.
Believers and followers of Christ are not afraid. God is in control. No molecule in the whole universe is outside of His control and oversight. He is not scared and neither should we be. Jesus said in Luke 12:4-5, “Do not fear those who kill the body [Coronavirus], and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” You are valuable to God, He knows the number of hairs on your head. You have no need to fear.
We also don’t need to worry or be anxious. Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-34, “Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ [or ‘Will I get Coronavirus?’ or ‘What if I get Coronavirus?’] For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Paul said in Philippians 4:6-7, “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” You don’t need to worry.
God has given us wisdom and technology and we do take reasonable precautions, though. Wash your hands with soap and water. Use hand-sanitizer and bleach where needed. Go to the doctor, if needed. Stay home, if needed. Do “fist-bumps” and don’t shake hands if you feel that will help, but remember where your best and true help comes from. Who is your shepherd who provides all your needs? Our trust is not in hand sanitizer or bleach or doctors or politicians, our trust is in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Hand-sanitizer and bleach can be helpful, used wisely, with proper perspective, but is not our Savior.
We care for others in times of need and concern. If you can’t or shouldn’t visit someone in person, call or send a letter. Let them know you care and God cares. God loves the sick and infirm. He touched the lepers and the woman with an issue of blood. Let them know He is a solid rock and firm foundation. He will not be shaken. He is their hope and strength in a rough time. And we witness to those who are afraid and worried and don’t know Christ. Tell them of His glory and majesty and sovereignty over this situation. No weapon formed against God’s people will prosper.
This is what I know: In the midst of Coronavirus (or any other crisis or concern), we need not be afraid nor worried. We take reasonable precautions and reach out to those in need. We remember our God, mighty in power and strength, abounding in steadfast love and forgiveness, who gave His life so that His people may live in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. He washes away your sin by His blood and gives you new life, in Him and with Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Trust in Him this season.