No doubt, you have heard much about the Coronavirus, and the respiratory disease it can cause – COVID-19. It is a cause of concern to many, and rightly so to those whose immune system is weak or compromised, for example, the elderly. Even those with so-called metabolic syndrome (diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, hypertension, artherosclerosis, etc) appear to run a higher than normal risk of complications, and even death. This is all confirmed by the data coming out of China and Italy.
But now this virus has finally arrived in Canada, and established itself in Alberta. The measures taken might seem draconian to some, and too late for others. However, a state of emergency has been called. It is prudent to be careful. It is also prudent not to be ruled by angst. While we should not cause danger to our own health and lives, nor to the health and lives of others, and be guilty of breaking the 6th Commandment (Thou shalt not kill), nor should we forget that our God sovereignly rules all things, and likewise be guilty of breaking the 1st Commandment (Thou shalt have no other gods before Me).
Some might ask: Why has God allowed this? Is this His judgement? The quick and simple answer is: Nothing happens without God’s permission and determination. Also, of course His righteous wrath is over all the unrighteous. There are many who would consider such Biblical truths as shocking and unnaceptable, even some confessing Christians. Yet, we look at it from the wrong point of view. It is not shocking that a Holy and Righteous God would exercise any justice over His own creation, but that…
Lamentations 3:22–24 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The point is that, even under judgement, the Lord is still compassionate and faithful to His own covenant people. The prophet Habakkuk prayed:
Habakkuk 3:2 O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make known; In wrath remember mercy.
There is wrath, there must be, for there is much sin and transgression. But there is also mercy! God is rich in mercy:
Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, So great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Mercy is the pity and compassion shown to those who do not deserve it. The greatest example of this is found in the Cross of Christ. When the sinless Son of God, after having been beaten and whipped, was publicly crucified amid much loud mocking and insults and jeering – He prayed:
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
And then Jesus proceeded, by His sufferings and death, to pay for all the sins of all those who would repent of their sins, and believe on Him.
You know, regardless of the power of the Coronavirus to kill and destroy lungs, and economies, the greater danger comes from your unforgiven sin. COVID-19 is indeed for some a mortal threat, but there is a moral and spiritual disease that all have caught, and the price we all pay is everlasting death.
Have you made preparations for the Coronavirus – antiseptic gel, self-isolation, repeated hand-washing? That is all good and well.
However, have you made preparations to have your sins dealt with? God has! The Gospel declares that by the life and death of Christ, payment for sin has been made.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Before we had made any preparations, before we were even alive, Christ died for us. Therefore, if you will have your sins forgiven, and no longer be under God’s righteous judgement, you must repent of your sin and your self-righteous ways, and believe on, yes trust in Christ’s saving sacrifice.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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