The Proper Perspective
This has been a wild and crazy month! The Coronavirus outbreak has shut down our government, schools, churches, shopping centers/malls, movie theatres, and restaurants. Our grocery store shelves and streets are empty. Here in California, we have been told to stay at home and when we have to go out for food we are to practice “social distancing”. Never in my lifetime have I seen something so small (microscopic) cause so many big problems in our world.
Last weekend, I watched a man purchase as much meat as he could get his hands on. The man literally filled an entire Safeway shopping cart with nothing but meat! I saw another lady a few aisles later with a cart loaded to the brim with frozen food. I think the lady had at least one of every type of frozen dinner, vegetable, and snack that was in the frozen food section of the grocery store! Hopefully, her power doesn’t go out. Then, I moved to the paper aisle. There was not one roll of toilet paper or one box of facial tissues in our local grocery store! Then, I moved to the aisle with bread, cheese, and bottled water. Everything was gone! Do people think the water coming out of their tap is contaminated? But, the scariest thing I saw last weekend was that all the stores in our area sold out of ammo. I guess you need a lot of bullets to protect the four pallets of toilet paper in your garage!
I don’t think we should underreact to the Coronavirus. I believe all of us should take the proper precautions to protect ourselves and our family members. I also believe we should distance ourselves from others to stop the flu virus from spreading. Everyone should stock up on some food and hygiene supplies. But, no one needs to have a year’s supply of toilet paper and Kleenex in their garage. You should practice social distancing, but you should not be afraid to leave your home to get some exercise. You should respect the virus because it spreads easily and can be deadly to people with compromised immune systems. But, the Coronavirus is not the deadliest disease mankind has ever had to deal with. Guys, this is not the Black Plague! Eventually, some very smart scientists will find a vaccine for this nasty virus and then things will get back to normal. It will be a new normal, but we will go back to work, our kids will go back to school, and our grocery stores will have more food on their shelves and in their coolers and freezers than they can sell.
What should you do at this time? You should trust God. Look what Moses wrote in Psalm 91.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday… The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91 NLT
Psalm 91 is a beautiful testimony about security in life. Moses expresses his great confidence in the fact that whoever trusts in the Most High finds security and protection. The term Almighty in verse one means the Sovereign Ruler of the world. Moses says the Lord is our refuge – our place of safety. His faithful promises are our armor and protection. The images of the shelter and the shadow poetically portray divine protection. Moses concludes the Psalm as if God Himself spoke to confirm his faith. In return for our love, the LORD promises to rescue us from danger, protect us from harm, and be with us in trouble.
Someone asked me last Sunday if I was scared of getting the Coronavirus and I answered, “No.” Do I want to get the flu? No! But, I am not scared of catching a deadly disease. I believe my Lord will rescue me from the disease that stalks in the darkness, and if the Lord chooses not to rescue me than I know His will is perfect. He is my God and I will trust Him. I believe those who know the Lord should trust Him during this time of uncertainty. Like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, we should do the right thing and trust God will protect us (Study Daniel chapters 1, 3, & 6 this week).
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