Coronavirus & TP

One day we are sitting back on a plane and travelling the world, and almost without hesitation. Likewise, one day we are sipping on our coffees at our local hangout, and in great relaxation. But the next we are anything but sitting back: not sure if we should be travelling anywhere, and buying up all the toilet paper. I sometimes wonder what God must think of this world, let alone what he thinks of us. I also wonder what God’s part in it all is – after all, he is in control, isn’t he? Yes, it is amazing how, at one level, such a small thing (well it is and it isn’t) can cause the stock market to collapse, economic trade to breakdown, tourism to crash, our government to consider closing schools and people to panic buy up all the toilet paper (how ridiculous). Yes, what must God think? Our comfortable life in the west has been hammered big time. And so, I wonder if people will now start to consider how our comfortable life can be so easily shattered, and therefore stop this looking to one another for help, and start looking up to the one who controls all things and pray that he will have mercy on us and stop the spread of this virus. At the moment I am reading the book of Job, and although I find it quite alarming at times, I love chapter 38, and the chapters that follow, as the Lord now speaks and puts everyone in their place. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to think if this world might be going mad. And so, these chapters have personally spoken to me, as they clearly tell us that God is in control of it all. And so: Trust! Obey! And even if the world is going mad. Are you anxious about things at the moment? Should we be? Well, we are told in the Holy Scriptures what to do with any anxieties. We are to hand them over to our Lord in prayer, with thanksgiving. We are also to consider those things that are good – no doubt, including those things that God has done for us, is doing for us, and promises to one day do (Philippians 4). But we need to also examine our relationship with the world in which we live. We need to remember we are aliens to this world and we are not to love it (1 Peter 2:11-12). Perhaps we have recently fallen for it and so the present events will cause us to come back to the one we should love (1 John 2:15-17): our Father, who has every right to be jealous (Deuteronomy 4:24) when we stray.

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