Thoughts on the Coronavirus
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
Here are a few things running through my mind and this is my opinion:
I believe Christians should not panic. The world around us panics but we do not. Why? Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” We don't panic because we trust in the Lord and not in man. I'm not saying don't take precautions but, I am saying don't panic because God has this well at hand.
I was reading in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 1, which is the genealogy of Jesus Christ, that God had a plan for his son's birth and all the people listed had children that lead to the birth of Jesus in the kingly line of David. This is what God had said would happen. God initiated his plan to have his son born of a virgin (who also was of the kingly line) who was married to a man of David's line. God told David from his seed would come the Messiah. So God's plan unfolded exactly the way he intended.
If you think about the Passover, which started with Moses, it eventually lead to the Lord's Supper. Jesus took the Passover from the Old Testament and made it represent his suffering and death for our sins as the perfect lamb of God. If we look at things from a Biblical standpoint we realize that God controls all things and his will, will be done. So Do Not Panic! God will do what he is going to do and Christians realize that. Christians should be the people reaching out to others. This is when we step up and love our neighbor. We need to be checking on our neighbors those around us, particularly elderly people as they seem to be the ones at risk. Call them and see how they are doing. Do they need anything? That should be our effort. This is an opportunity to show forth the Gospel. People are going to ask you why you are not falling apart. Why are you not worried? Now is the time to tell them of your hope in Jesus Christ and what he did for you by saving your soul. We have the greatest confidence that if the coronovirus or any other thing took our lives we would be with him. “For me to live is Christ but, to die is gain” Philippians 1:21. Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I'm not anxious because of God's peace. May his peace be upon you brothers and sisters.
Pastor Colson Leach