The Coronavirus seems to have changed the whole world over the past few months. Every day, we are receiving new numbers of those infected by the virus, as well as how many lives it has taken in the process. We are seeing entire states being shut down and people being told to stay home. The world is running on panic and fear, but I want to remind you of what the Bible says…
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – II Timothy 1:7
This fear doesn’t come from God. Fear is a tactic that the devil uses to distract God’s people and keep us from doing what we need to do! The devil used fear to cause all but three of the children the of Israel to bow down to an idol while in bondage in Babylon… he used fear to cause Peter to deny Christ three times… He used fear to keep an entire Israelite army from stepping up against Goliath… and if we aren’t careful, we will allow the devil to use fear to derail our spiritual walk with God.
Although these are pretty negative times… I’ve always tried to look at the bright side in life. With all of the bad news surrounding COVID-19, there are also some good things coming from the virus!
As a nation, we are generally a very proud group of people. In our short history, we have accomplished a great amount and even become a beacon of hope for many people around the world. The accomplishments in our economy, our government, and our freedoms stand alone on the world stage, but these accomplishments can come with a price. We tend to get so enamored by this success that we feel like we can do anything if we just put our mind to it. The problem is… this attitude teaches us to rely on ourselves instead of God.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” – I Peter 5:6
From time to time, we need something to humble us! God doesn’t want us to be proud and feel like we can do anything. He wants us to lean on him and realize that we are nothing without Him. During these times, we see more people turning to God looking for answers. Similar to what our country experienced after 9/11. We see people get saved because they start thinking about potential death. We see churches packed out (as I expect them to be when the quarantines are lifted) as people desire a relationship with God!
It amazes me, that just as the world starts to feel like they have everything figured out… God allows a small, simple virus to bring the world to its knees! You see? Even at our highest moment in life, we are nothing without God! This virus has humbled people all around the world… let’s not forget who God is!
Our lives are so busy… to be honest, they are too busy! In our 24-hour day, most Americans will sleep for 7-8 hours, go to work for 8-10 hours, spend an hour or so shopping, and the rest of the time cleaning the house, watching TV, and playing on our phones. Do you notice anything missing? Where is the Bible reading? Where is the time set aside for prayer? We fill up our days with so much stuff and we don’t leave any time for God.
But now, with the Coronavirus, many people are stuck at home with nowhere to go and nothing to do. So, why not use this time for God? If you aren’t currently reading the Bible on a daily basis, just start by reading a couple verses each day. After you have read those verses, take a couple minutes to pray to God. As him for wisdom and guidance during these times. I can assure you; you will never regret reading the Bible and praying to God! You will always walk away being refreshed and ready to go!
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Consider starting a family devotional time! This is something that my wife and I started a couple years after we got married. It definitely wasn’t easy for us to start since neither of us grew up in families that did this, but the end result is definitely worth it! Don’t just take your kids to church 1-2 times each week… let them see you read from the Bible and pray with them. Show them that it’s not just a church thing! Having a family devotional time will be awkward at first, but a family that reads the Bible and prays together will grow stronger over time! This is a great opportunity to leave a strong impression on your family. These 5-10 minutes will do more for your family than the rest of your day combined!
While this virus definitely has its down sides… Let’s be sure to take advantage of some of the benefits that is brings as well. Let’s use this time as a reset for our lives! Remember who God is and learn to rely on him again! Use this time to strengthen your family! Don’t panic… simply rely on God and look at the bright side!
Husband, Father of two beautiful girls, Assistant Pastor at Hillcrest Bible Baptist Church in Arkansas City, KS, Founder of Baptist Manna