In my lifetime (68 years) I have never seen such turmoil, hardship and despair as what this COVID19 virus has caused. This is the first time in at least a century where healthy people have been quarantined.
Why do we allow fear to control us? Does fear change the situation? Does it make us safer? Does it bring peace? No. It does reveal our true character.
Fear may cause us to care more about ourselves than others. Fear cripples our rational thought processes. Fear causes us to be mean to others. Families often become places of violence, or at least deep contention, when it might otherwise be congenial. We take our frustrations and fears out on others because we don’t know what else to do. We hoard supplies as if there would never again be enough, thus depriving others of the same basic needs, including the store workers who are not able to shop until their shifts are over.
BUT…there is a remedy. It is possible to have peace during life’s storms. There is an almighty God who owns everything in the universe. We are His creation and He desires to help us. He loves us and wants to take care of us.” But we won’t let Him. Did you get that? We choose to say, “No, God. I’ll find a way to take care of this myself. And we allow ourselves to become selfish, self-centered; and we turn on our families and neighbors in order to do what we, in our limited capacities, are able to do. Then we complain because our needs are not being met.
There is a situation in the Bible that I’m going to share here. It is found in 2 Kings 4:1-7. It’s about a widow who had two sons. She owed money to someone and did not have the ability to pay. The creditors were going to take her sons, and put them to work for as long as it would take to pay the debt. They would not be allowed to live with their mother and help her. She was worried. She was scared. What could she do?
God sent a prophet to her to show her what to do. There are some important facts to take note of. First of all, the widow was a woman who feared, honored, and loved God. She had done the best she could to be obedient to the Lord and His word. Secondly, she knew Elisha the prophet, was a true prophet that God spoke to on a regular basis, and to whom God imparted His wisdom. She was willing to listen to the prophet.
He asked her what she had in her house. She understood that to mean something she could sell or use to earn money to pay her debt. All she had was a pot of oil. Elisha told her to borrow vessels from her neighbors to put oil in. It probably didn’t make sense to her, but she did it anyway. When she had borrowed all she could, she brought them back to her house, filled them with the oil she had, which God continued to multiply, so she could sell them. She earned enough money from the sales of oil to pay her debt, and still had enough left over for herself and her sons. God provided.
God promises in His word to take care of His children. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all of your need according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus.”
Who are God’s children? Everyone who goes to church? No. Everyone who says they are Christian? No. Everyone in the world? No. 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 tells us that there is a difference between those who belong to God (who are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ because they have admitted to God that they are sinners, have asked His forgiveness, and have received the sacrifice of the shed blood of Jesus on the cross as payment for their sin debt) and those who have not, those who are unrighteous. (This does not mean we are perfect; it means God sees the blood of Jesus applied to our lives instead of our sin.) Those who have truly accepted Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sin are God’s children.
Once we have done that, it is important for us to read the Bible every day so we can learn about God and His character, learn about the things that please Him and the things He hates. We need to learn how to live lives that are pleasing to Him. We also need to attend church on a regular basis so we can have the fellowship and encouragement of other believers. We also need the teaching and preaching to help us grow in our knowledge, and learn to understand what the Bible means.
This is survival.