Do you suppose this virus is God’s judgment on mankind?
A: Properly my pal, that’s the elephant within the room, isn’t it? It’s the query each particular person is asking and each pastor is avoiding. Not as a result of we clergy are fearing the reply, however as a result of saying, “I don’t know” will not be what folks need to hear proper now. And each particular person of the fabric needs to have solutions for folks in ache. It’s what we do; we consolation the hurting and rescue the misplaced. One factor I do know for positive: this example belongs to God. The size of it’s seated below the phrase “… of biblical proportion.” Enormous. World. Occasion. Is the satan that massive? Can he take out the entire earth with a virus? Nope, he’s a tiny rat compared to our God. Trickster that he’s, the satan stole a teensy, molecular object and contaminated it together with his evil in such a means that it might reproduce itself. All Devil did was get the ball rolling. God didn’t create COVID-19, nor did he ship it. However it’s right here, nonetheless and its presence begs your query.
After we can’t discover simple solutions, we then should change the query with the intention to uncover a transparent understanding. What’s God doing proper now? Why would a loving God enable COVID-19? I consider he allowed it for a lot of causes; mainly, that he’s a great God and full of affection. Huh?
When God permits our Enemy to inflict catastrophe or wreak havoc on folks’s lives, God plans to make use of it to perform one thing good. In God’s goodness and unfathomable love for folks, he decides to take what the satan dishes out and use it, like a sheepdog, to herd us again into Jesus’ arms. God loves us an excessive amount of to permit us to maintain strolling our personal, faulty means; forfeiting the guarantees he hooked up to the righteousness he hoped we might search.
Nobody would argue that the situation of the overall Christian group and Bride of Christ (the church) is much from what was initially meant on quite a few fronts. The Lord cries out, “I’m determined to save lots of the misplaced … however my persons are dwelling in sin. They can’t be my devoted witnesses on this situation.” What does that imply? We’re non secular to a fault and beat folks down with the Gospel as a substitute of lifting them up by it. We’re shacking up or sleeping round and partnering with immorality, absolutely conscious of what we’re doing and making excuses for it. We lie, cheat and steal because it’s simpler than strolling with integrity. We don’t tip the assistance or bless our neighbors with abundance when it doesn’t profit us to take action. We work from the minimal Jesus required and name it Christianity. Good-enough-Gospel. It smells like sulfur to God and the stench of hell begins to taint our garments.
So the Lord lifts his hand of safety off his lukewarm flock and in walks an issue solely he can clear up. He will get our consideration and we start to hunt God as soon as extra. We begin praying like we should always, loving others greater than ourselves and speaking about Jesus to everybody since we’ve came upon we’re all on this collectively and a few of us are dying.
Is that this virus God’s judgment? I’d say it’s God’s correction. And thank God for that. The divine two-by-four by no means hit us this difficult. One last query now: Are we working to God or from him in consequence?
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