Someone asked me if I thought the coronavirus pandemic represents God’s judgment. I’m not qualified to answer that question. But perhaps a better question would be, “What is God saying to us in the midst of this crisis?” That’s a question each of us can answer individually.
Whether in times of prosperity and happiness, or times of severe challenge and grief, God is always extending His mercy, His grace and His love toward us. David declared in Psalm 145:8-9, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
God is always reaching out to us. Jesus said, “I came to seek those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10) We’re told that “God is not willing that any should perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) And when Jesus was here on earth, He healed everyone who came to Him regardless of who they were or what they’d done.
One thing I do know is that it is always fitting to assess our relationship with God and others. And life situations like what we’re dealing with right now tend to sober us and make us reflect on our lives and what really matters. Times like this strip away all other distractions and help us see more clearly.
- Do you need to get right with God? “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24) And, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
- Is there someone you need to forgive? “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)
- Are you fearful? “The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:13-16 NLT)
- Is it time to reassess your priorities? People and our relationships with them and the Lord are ultimately what matter most. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)
Finally, let’s continue to pray. Pray for an end to the coronavirus. Pray for the safety of others. Pray for healing for those who have been infected. Pray for our country’s leaders. And pray for spiritual awakening here in America and throughout the world.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)