Covid-19: Focus on God’s promises in the Bible
At the start of 2020, many of us had great hopes for the future and eagerly looked forward to a fresh start. A few months in and it hasn’t quite turned out that way. The coronavirus, Covid-19, has sent people all over the world into a panic. Fear and uncertainty is gnawing at the hearts and minds of millions.
Restrictions imposed with regard to mass meetings have seemingly ruled out corporate worship and even Easter celebrations seem muted. Yet, as Bible-believing Christians we are called to be the light to the world in dark times such as these. The hope we have in our Heavenly Father and his promises in his Word allow us to be a light on the hill for those who are still lost and panic-stricken.
“Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” Isaiah 41:10
We might be tempted to succumb to the panic of those around us, but God’s Word gives us the assurance that with Jesus Christ we can have peace that transcends all understanding. Peace and the knowledge that our God is in control no matter the circumstances we are facing.
“You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever; he will always protect us.” Isaiah 26:3-4
So let us turn away from the fear and the panic of the world and turn to faith and prayer, for our God is mighty, faithful and loving and he knows us by name and he delights in us.
The LORD your God is with you; his power gives you victory. The LORD will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. He will sing and be joyful over you … Zephaniah 3:17
The Bible calls us to look beyond the immediate situation and find surety and certainty in the One who created us and who loves us so much that he sent his only Son to die for us.
This Easter, when we will again celebrate this wonderful act of sacrifice, much of the planet will be caught up in the sad darkness that is the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time of Jesus’ death there was also an all-consuming darkness over the land. The man, Jesus, on whose life many had placed their hope, was nailed to a cross. Then too there was fear, anxiety and uncertainty.
But then Monday arrived, and the tomb was empty. Jesus had conquered sin and death so that all who place their hope in him can inherit eternal life.
This virus is of the world and temporary, let us stand firm in our faith and trust in the one who has overcome the world and is eternal.