Amid the chaos in the world over the coronavirus, God is still in control. Friends, He still reigns. He is still seated on His throne. He is not surprised by all of this. If anything, God is behind all of it. Now some will accuse God of wrongdoing but God is not the author of evil. However, He works perfectly in His Divine Providence, even when it makes ZERO sense to us. With that introduction, I want to lay before you three points of God’s Providence in the COVID-19 pandemic.
First, it is a sign of judgment on the earth and rightly so.
We have sinned against a holy God and are deserving of wrath. However, the end has not come yet (2 Thess. 2:3-4) but stuff like this are mere snapshots of what’s to come. The day of the Lord will indeed be a terror to those who remain unrepentant. And as the Bible says, that Christ will come “like a thief in the night” (Rev. 16:15,Matt. 24:43,1 Thess. 5:2,1 Thess. 5:4,2 Peter 3:10)
Second, it is a call to repentance.
Can we honestly say that the world has been humbled? We are reminded that we are finite beings that can only do so much. We are reminded that as the death toll rises, we are reminded that we are finite, frail, and fading.
As James says,
“yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)
Crisis like this makes us recognize that our lives are short and can be easily cut off at any moment. We don’t know when we will die. Moreover, we don’t know how.
What we must see is that our only hope is not in ourselves, our leaders, new legislations, and vaccines, but in God and God alone.
Therefore, repent. Today is the day of salvation. God has been merciful to all, not desiring anyone should perish but to repent! (2 Peter 3:9)
Third, is a call to faith.
Saints, this is where we must hold fast to the promises of God like never before. They are our treasures in troubled times. Rather than meditate on the panic of the media and of the people, meditate on God’s promises. Remind yourselves that God is with us and not against us (Romans 8:31), that Jesus Christ is interceding on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25) and that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses (Romans 8:26).
For the Christian, we have the surety that God works all things (even COVID-19) for our good in conformity to Christ (see Romans 8:28-29). And it is done so as our faith is strengthened in trials ( James 1:2-4), proving the genuineness of our faith (1 Peter 1:7), and that we realize that God’s grace is sufficient in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Therefore, we can concur with the Psalmist,
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25–26).
In closing, we must rest in God alone who’s providence hasn’t ceased nor fails. We don’t know what the future holds. We don’t know how things will play out within the next 6 months to a year, let alone 1 month. We don’t know if an effective vaccine will be ready in the coming year. Remember, there are several incurable diseases in the world, so what’s the guarantee? This is not to sound pessimistic by any means, but to point out that we won’t always have the answers. But as Christians, we see that God alone is the answer, and we lay all our fears and cares before Him. Not to rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead (2 Cor. 1;9)
We don’t know what the future holds, but we know that God who holds the future! Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s (Romans 14:8), for nothing can separate us from his love, (Romans 8:31-39), not even COVID-19 nor death.
Be encouraged my friends, God is in control. Always has been. Always will be. May all come to recognize this truth!