What I Read Today;
1 Timothy 6; John 11; Isaiah 46; Psalm 79; Deuteronomy 21-22
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), cause widespread panic. The death rate is relatively low, and the disease has been reported to have mild symptoms for most people. Unfortunately, people are panicking. There have been runs on grocery stores. Shelves are bare of essentials such as water, toilet paper, and hand sanitizers. The stock market has lost considerable value causing people’s retirement savings to take a tumble. State Governments are shutting down schools and colleges. Major sporting events have been canceled or delayed. In my lifetime, I have not witnessed such an event.
Fear is now in charge.
What is it we are afraid of? Sickness, suffering, and starvation. We fear the unknown. Mostly, we fear death. Death is the imminent threat that surrounds our earthly lives. From the time we are born, it hovers over our heads. As we grow older and our bodies breakdown, death becomes more of a threat.
In John 11, Jesus walked into a funeral. Death had already come. All hope was gone for Lazarus. Lazarus’ sisters were asking one question, “Where were you at, Jesus?” It’s the question that many are asking today. Where is God at, in all this madness?
In John 11:25-26, Jesus tells Martha exactly where he is.
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” NIV
In less than 40 words, Jesus tells us that we do not need to fear death. He tells us that he has conquered death. Jesus gives us an assurance that our fate after this life is secure. The only thing we need to do is put our faith and trust in Jesus. He’ll take care of the rest.
We don’t have to live in fear of any virus or disease. We don’t have to run and hide. Our God is in control of the world around us. By putting our faith and trust in him, we know that our ultimate destiny is not on this earth but in Heaven above.
We’ll get through this crisis. We’ll also get through the next one. No matter what the news media says or what gets posted on social media, it’s going to be OK.
God has got this!