What Can The Coronavirus Teach Us?
As the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world becoming a worldwide pandemic, people are starting to panic and fear for the worst. However, as Christians, the coronavirus can remind us and teach us of how we should be reacting to the situation, which is turning to God and trusting in Him rather than succumbing to fear. Through every trial or dark valley, God is always with us and can teach us something about ourselves and bring us closer to Him (Psalm 23:4).
Here are 4 different things that the coronavirus can teach us:
1. We are Fragile
As humans, our bodies are susceptible to diseases, viruses, illnesses, etc. that can impact our health. As the death toll continues to rise in many countries around the world, the coronavirus is just one example that shows the true weakness and fragility of our bodies. From this, we should be reminded that each day of our lives is a gift from God and that tomorrow is not guaranteed (Proverbs 27:1; Psalm 90:12). We should use each day that we are given to glorify God and not take anything for granted. Also, we can be reminded that, as followers of Jesus, our life on earth is not the end because of the eternal life that we have through Christ (John 11:25-26).
2. We are Not Alone
Health officials around the world are recommending that the public practice social distancing in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing is a needed measure so that exposure to the virus is reduced within communities. Although, this can seem to increase a sense of loneliness as more people are confined to their homes, but we should remember that we are not alone in this situation. Technology gives us the ability to FaceTime our friends and still connect with our loved ones even though we can’t see them in person. Churches are still live-streaming sermons, friends are having group FaceTime chats, among other online activities. We can all still experience a sense of community and unity by the use of technology instead of going through these circumstances alone.
In addition to connecting with friends and family online, we can also be reminded that we are never alone because God is always with us. We can go to Him in prayer at any time and with anything on our hearts or minds. He is always there to listen to our prayers and help us in our times of need.
3. We Do Not Have Ultimate Control
Many of us like to have control in our lives. We do not like the thought of uncertainty, which is why we may try to control different aspects of our lives. However, the reality is that we do not have ultimate control. As much as we would like to be in control of the situation surrounding the coronavirus, we are not. However, as Christians, we should be reminded of the hope and peace we can have knowing that God is in control. God is the one who has control over the situation; He knows everything, and He always has a plan.
4. We Should Live in Faith Rather Than Fear
One of the most important things that the coronavirus can teach us and remind us of is that we should not be living in fear, but rather relying on our faith in God. It is easy to be overcome with fear amidst the coronavirus pandemic as it continues to spread around the world. However, giving in to fear will only make things worse by growing our anxieties and increasing our tendency to panic in this situation. Instead, we should be relying on our faith and trust in Jesus. Even though the coronavirus may seem like a big problem that seems too big for anyone to handle, we need to remember that God is so much bigger than anything that we may face in our lives. We can turn to Him in prayer instead, and ask for His strength, power, peace, protection, and guidance in this situation. Ultimately, God is in control and He calls us to have faith in Him.