Coronavirus and The Nations
Everyone in every nation has in some way been affected by the now pandemic ‘Coronavirus’. Perhaps like me and others, you are tired of reading and hearing about it. Maybe you think it is a man-made plot by governments of the world to bring pandemonium and panic worldwide. Perhaps you believe that it is serious and that leaders are not doing enough. Maybe you are in total panic or just cautious.
Whatever your thoughts or attitudes are concerning the corona outbreak, one thing is for sure and that is that we must seek and know what God is saying in the midst of it all. What is God’s perspective? Maybe you are a doomsday believer and think all hope is gone and God is judging or pouring out His wrath or is it the work of the devil, or is it just simply consequences of living in a fallen world. Whatever you or I think one thing is certain God is still on the throne and has everything in His hands.
Yet, there are consequences for sin and idolatry. Regardless of the reasons for the corona outbreak around the globe, we must keep our eyes on Jesus and His promises. There are enough prophecies in the Bible about plagues and disasters, and we have certainly seen many such events in the history of man and most recently. Unusual weather patterns and the rise of new diseases remind us of how fragile life is on this planet and of the promises of Jesus concerning the last days.
The Coronavirus is bad and has the potential to kill. There is still a lot not know bout it. But it has spread all over the earth to the nations. So many ask, “Is God judging the nations?” My answer simply is that God is always judging the nations. The real question is this His wrath? Judgment must be seen as a potentially good thing in that we still have the opportunity to repent and God loves us and brings judgment for discipline and correction. But, surely this is not the wrath of God. Perhaps it is ours and every nations’ reaction and how they handle this crisis that will determine what God does or allows next.
Many Houses of Worship are vacant in America and other nations today due to limiting the gathering of large numbers of people to contain this situation. Many are outraged saying that we as the church should not fear and gather together. It is not about fear but rather wisdom and just honoring what leaders have asked. This is a good day to actually ‘rest’ and worship with families and have church at home and seek God and pray as President Trump has declared a day of prayer.
Nevertheless, I turn to Jeremiah’s prophecies in times like these where the nations are affected. In Jeremiah 25: 31 it reads, “ A clamor has come to the earth, because the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh; As for the wicked He has given them the sword, 32- thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold evil is going forth From nation to nation, and a great storm is being stirred up From the remotest parts of the earth.”
Surely the coronavirus is evil as it makes many sick and has the potential to kill, but greater is the panic and fear that it has elicited. A great storm has been stirred up. No one really knows how long it will last and what will come next. Our best response is to seek the Lord and trust Him, and believe that as the church of Jesus Christ we have an opportunity to shine as the stars of heaven by pointing those in fear or panic to trust in the Lord God Almighty. When nations are raging God laughs (Psalm 2)
Let us continue to trust and believe our Lord Jesus for the best and that He is still moving and that this is the beginning of great and mighty things to come. There is a day of wrath and a ‘day of the Lord.’ But this is not that day. It could be leading to more things of greater scope. Perhaps the Lord is preparing us, His church for what is yet to come. Let us seek Him, and trust Him as He has promised to protect us and deliver us as we say Lord have mercy and grace on us.
This is a time and hour to cry out and declare God’s goodness, and believe Him and obey Him. It is not God’s desire for anyone or any nation to fall under His wrath but to repent and obey Him. What was the Lord’s controversy against the nations? 1- evil going forth from nation to nation, 2- no faithfulness, 3- no kindness, and no knowledge of God in the land. (Hosea 4:1) Let us pray for the people to know the Lord and repent of idolatry and For God’s righteous deeds to be known in the land.
Psalm 67:4 “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou will judge the people with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” 7- God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.
The type of Fear that we need in all of the earth is the healthy fear of God, Fear that is built on understanding Him and His ways-yes He is a good Father, always- but He is still a judge, a righteous judge who demands from a place of worship that we observe and do all of His commands. He has given us His Son as the way to approach Him. It is time for the nations to fear the Lord God almighty.
Ever since the Tower of Babel God has sought every nation, tribe, and tongue to come back, repent, and worship Him. He loves the nations as we have Jesus who came to redeem the nations. It is still the Father’s Heart to bring the nations into alignment, and salvation. But those that will not turn to Him and walk in His ways then He will ultimately bring judgment.