It’s amazing how so much can change in our lives within a week. As the COVID-19 scare takes over communities around the world, we’re suddenly forced to stock up as if in a war. The grocery stores are overwhelmed, shelves are being emptied and some of us are wondering where our next toilet paper is going to come from. On a serious note, how are we responding to this pandemic?
As Christians, what should be our perspective?
Anticipate such epidemics: The Bible is clear about famine and diseases during the last days. Why are we surprised?
Luke 21:11: “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”
It's time we step back and look at the big picture. What do we see? We’re now living in a world similar to the days of Noah before the great flood. The moral deterioration, abortion, child abuse and human trafficking are just some of the many ills plaguing our society.
When asked about His return, Jesus himself said in Mathew 24:37-39: “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
These verses serve us a clear warning that we’re not to be so engrossed with our lives, when the Kingdom of God is almost here. Let’s live in godly fear knowing that each of our works will be judged impartially by God. (1 Peter 1:17)
Be a good neighbor: Social distancing doesn’t have to be social abandonment. As Christians, we are to be concerned about the welfare of others. If worry can distract us, concern can motivate us. Hope we’ll have time to reach out to neighbors, friends and relatives to check on their health, well-being and be available for any help.
We’re called to be the salt and the light. If the salt loses its flavor, there’s no sign of salt. If we lose the essence of Christianity, which’s to love God and love others, we are removing any sign of our life with Jesus.
Pray: We’re called to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6)
With the virus scare and lockdown, some of us may think we’re missing out on socializing and friends. But this could also be a great opportunity for reflection and thinking about our priorities. A lot of us are away from work, working from home, while some of us working harder. If ever there was a time for people to pray and know God, it’s now. God needs our prayers and efforts to bring in His Kingdom.
Let’s be watchful in prayer and pray for those affected by the virus, the healthcare workers who’re working round-the-clock, our friends, families and the people around us. May we live our lives in godly fear that we’ll not be scared of the signs but be more prepared for His coming.
As Charles Spurgeon once said, “The close of life is not decided by the sharp knife of the fates; but by the hand of love. We shall not die before our time, neither shall we be forgotten and left upon the stage too long. . . . My times are in those hands which were nailed to the cross for my redemption.” (Source)
May our strength be in the blessed hope that our times are in His hands.