Sometimes I wish Buddy could tell me when he isn’t feeling good. We’re heading to the vet’s office tomorrow as I found some sort of fatty cyst under his skin near the ribcage.
Some people are declaring that COVID19 is God’s judgment on our sin. But I totally disagree. Jesus declared on the Cross that “It was finished” just before “He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). Jesus had taken all the sins of humanity upon Himself and paid the punishment for our sins, reconciling us to God.
I believe that people wrongly attribute Satan’s cruelty to the Lord. Lies and concealment about the severity of the outbreak by the Communist government, a refusal to stop international air flights out of Wuhan despite domestic flights being stopped for months from the infected province within China, disappearance of its citizens who were trying to warn the world about the outbreak, refusal of assistance from the WHO and the United States in the early weeks of the outbreak to help contain the virus, and refusal to give information outside the country about the genetic code– that’s what caused the worldwide pandemic.
Lies and pride and secrecy and selfishness caused the spread of the virus. These are characteristics of Satan and not our life-giving God.
Jesus described the strong contrast between the character of God and Satan in John 10:10, describing Satan as a thief who wants to harm people: “The thief comes ONLY to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Jesus wants to bring our souls rest, not distress. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)”
The entire time Jesus walked the earth, He healed people, not harmed people.
Jesus declared that He did not come “to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17).” God, as our Good Shepherd, is seeking the lost.
The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel declared that God takes “‘no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,’ declares the Lord God, ‘Therefore repent and live.'”
God, in fact, is so eager not to punish that He allows evil to continue to give people time to repent of their behavior. The apostle Peter declares in his second letter, 3:9: “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
Yes, God is sovereign. But He allows people free will. He didn’t make us puppets because He wants us to freely choose to love and follow Him, or choose not to. That means the freedom to choose to do good, or freedom to do evil. Those involved with the coronavirus decided to be deceptive and, therefore, infected the entire world.
God, however, does bring good out of evil. He will use the fear people are experiencing to draw their attention toward Himself FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT.
It is the “kindness of God (that) leads you to repentance” apostle Paul stated in Romans 2:4.
“For we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,” Apostle Paul declared in Romans 8:28.
God is self-sufficient: He can exist quite fine without us. He is the source of life and love. He doesn’t need our companionship, because there is eternal fellowship and love within the all powerful Trinity of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit. But His nature is to love unconditionally, so He created people to shower His love upon. “God is love,” the Apostle John declares multiple times in his first letter.
So if you’re afraid right now, please know that there is a God Who loves you and is waiting for you to run into His arms to find comfort. He wants you to get to know Him as your loving Father. And reject the fear that Satan loves to torment us with.
“Shout to God with the voice of joy.” Psalm 47:1
Love from Dawn and Buddy, sole companions for weeks…
“By this the love of God was manifested to us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” Apostle John, 1 John 4:9
Jesus came into the world to take the punishment we deserve for our sins so that we can fellowship with a holy God. God doesn’t want us to be afraid of death but to give us eternal life with Him. This fear is what makes us slaves to the enemy of our souls:
“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Hebrews 2:14-15
Jesus defeated death for us when He rose bodily from the grave. Which is why we commemorate Easter to celebrate this event.
Please repent of your sins and invite Jesus into your life to be your Lord and Savior. He can help bring peace into your heart, regardless of the circumstances of life.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that IN ME you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Jesus, John 16:33
PS. Please note all words in CAPS are my emphasis. NASB Bible version is usually utilized for my blog posts.