Turn on the news, and I can guarantee the topic will be the Coronavirus. Entire aisles in the grocery store are bare and the meat department had little to offer. Costco, Sam’s, and even Amazon are out of toilet paper. Schools have closed. Sporting events canceled. Even churches resorted to online services and now our governor has implemented a “Stay-at-Home” law. All these interruptions to our life are causing panic and fear and darkness to set in throughout the world.
While I am not diminishing the threat coronavirus is presenting to our country, this is our time to put our faith in action.
There are three essential truths to remember as we stand against this virus.
First, identify the source of the virus. The Bible tells us exactly who is to blame! In John 10:10 Jesus said that “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.”
To put it simply, COVID-19 came from the enemy. God did not bring this virus on us to teach us a lesson or to judge the world for sin. Jesus came only to bring life and goodness to us. The enemy, the devil, is the author of all sickness and disease. When we recognize the source of the virus, then we can use our God-given authority to stand against it.
However, knowing these truths is not enough. We have to do our part.
Secondly, through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. (Gal. 3:13) He took all sickness on himself on the cross and broke the curse of it. He willingly stayed on the whipping post to break the curse of all disease, and by His stripes, we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 and I Peter 2:24)
The third truth is that we must choose to believe God. Fear is the opposite of believing.
Psalm 91 is packed full of powerful promises for God’s protection in these days. Psalm 91:1-2 sets the stage and is the catalyst for the protection promised in this psalm.
Protection is only promised for a defined group of people: “those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High.” The “secret place or Holy of Holies” is where Jesus’ blood was placed to atone for our sins. So Psalm 91:1 says that those who trust in the power of the blood of Jesus are hidden with Him. The ones who receive God’s protection are those who say to the LORD, “YOU are my refuge and my fortress; My God, in YOU, I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
In verse eight, it says that “only with your eyes will you look and see the reward of the wicked.” The “wicked” isn’t referring to murders, liars and robbers, it is referring to unbelievers!
Are you believing and trusting in Him today?
That doesn’t mean you don’t do in the natural the common sense preventative things to do like washing your hands and staying away from large gatherings. But I encourage you to do it in faith, not fear.
When you make the Lord your refuge and fortress and trust Him, here is what is promised as your inheritance:
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:9-11
A prayer for today:
Dear Father, I do not fear the Coronavirus or the trouble it may cause; instead, I declare that You alone are my refuge and fortress, I trust in You. I say that no plague or virus can come near me. Thank you that your promises never fail. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.