1. We are not in control
The reality is that today, more than ever before, we can control significant parts of our lives. We can control what’s on our TV and what songs we play in our car but perhaps this sense of control is an illusion, a bubble that the coronavirus has popped, revealing the reality that we’re not really in control. We no longer have control of the spread of the virus, rather we can only pray and take precautionary measures and let God steer our course.
2. Our Need of God and Our Need to Pray
As I said previously we need to pray.
In the midst of a global crisis, we usually feel insignificant but there is something we can do. We can call out to our Father in heaven and
- Ask Him to forgive us of all our sins.
- Pray for our family and friends
- Pray for the authorities running our countries and cities.
- Pray for the medical teams treating the sick.
- Pray for the men, women, and children who have been infected.
- Pray for the people afraid to leave their homes, for those living in red zones, for those at high risk with other illnesses, and for the elderly.
- Pray that God will show us His mercy.
- Pray the Lord would protect us and keep us.
Pray also for the Lord Jesus to return, that he might come back to take us to the new creation that he has prepared for us, a place with no tears, no death, no mourning, crying or pain.
3. Worldly possessions aren’t that important.
“Our days are so filled with people and projects, works and wish lists, homes and holidays, that we can struggle to distinguish the important from the urgent. We lose ourselves in the midst of our lives. Perhaps this crisis is showing us what to concern our lives with. Perhaps it’s teaching us what’s really important in our lives and what is vanity. Perhaps this crisis is reminding us what we should concern our lives with. Perhaps it’s helping us to distinguish between what’s meaningful and meaningless. Perhaps the Premier League, or that new kitchen, or that Instagram post aren’t essential to my survival. Perhaps the coronavirus is teaching us what really matters.
4. Have Hope
In a sense, the most important question is not, “What hope do you have in the face of the coronavirus?” because Jesus came to warn us of the presence of a far more lethal and widespread virus—one that has struck every man, woman, and child. A virus that ends in not only certain death but eternal death. Our species, according to Jesus, lives in the grip of a pandemic outbreak called sin. What is your hope in the face of that virus?
“You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord’s coming is near,”- James 5:8. As Christians, we must acknowledge that God is in control, and trust that he will deliver. This is truly a test of our patience and faith in God and we will persevere.