BELIEVERS’ RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 

“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:4)

Our world is facing a health emergency due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  It has been called a pandemic.   The challenge is due to the effects of the disease on vulnerable populations and the fact that there are no treatments or vaccine currently available for this virus infection. 

Since COVID-19’s emergence in Wuhan, China in December 2019, we have seen our world shaken.  Fear has been the staple of the media coverage.  Cities and nations around the world have instituted lockdown and travel restrictions to combat the spread of this virus.  Yet, in the middle of it all, our response is sure.  We have a Father God that was not caught by surprise in all of these.  Let’s stand against fear, help others, share the good news and keep worshipping Jesus.  He is Lord.

We are share the following with our Church last week and on Sunday.  They are seven things that we do in the middle of it all:

1.   We Walk by Faith

“…for we walk by faith and not by sight…” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

We stand on the Word of God, believing, confessing and rejoicing in the Lord Jesus.  The circumstances do not determine what we believe.  We believe God’s Word.  Hold on to the truth and keep believing and acting on God’s Word.

Another important point is, walk in the faith that you have – not someone else’.  Also, do not compel another to do things that you have faith for, if they don’t have the same faith.  Bear with one another.

2.   We Practice Good Personal Hygiene

One of the simple ways to prevent the spread of germs and COVID-19 is through good personal hygiene practices.  An important one is proper hand washing (with soap and water) , before and after washroom (toilet) use, after coughing, before eating, etc

There are many instructions related to hygiene in the levitical law (Leviticus and Deuteronomy) that God gave the children of Israel to help prevent the spread of disease germs.  Some of these include how to deal with infectious diseases like leprosy – thousands of years before modern medical science.  So, wash your hands often!   

3.   We walk in Wisdom

“Jesus answered, it is written, ‘you shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’…” (Luke 4:12; Matthew 4:7)

When the devil tempted Jesus on the highest point of the temple saying “if you are the Son of God, throw yourself down for it is written, ‘He [God] will command His angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone,’” the Lord Jesus recognized the trap of presumption here and responded with the Word of God.

While we remain confident of divine protection over us, we follow Jesus’ example by not unnecessarily exposing ourselves or others to danger.  We stand on the Word and are wise.

4.   We Pray for Our Leaders and Lands

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

If there has ever been a time the Church should rise in prayer, it is now.  Pray for all people including the political and military rulers.  Pray that they would make good decisions.  Pray that their hearts will be influenced to do God’s will.  Pray for the peace and social order to be maintained.  This allows for the good news and salvation through Christ to be spread.

5.   We Obey the Law of the Land

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

As leaders and governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to obey the law.  Now, there are things we may not agree with, but we need to be subject to the authorities, especially where the laws are not asking us violate God’s command.  So, follow the government’s recommendations for quarantine etc.

6.   We Look for OPPORTUNITIES to Share the Good News

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)

With so much panic around, your confidence in God’s protection will be a testimony to all around.  Be prepared to share the good news about the Lord Jesus Christ and His love for us.

7.   We Fear Not

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4))

We fear no evil.

“You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked… no evil shall befall you, no plague shall near your dwelling.” (Psalm 91:5-10)

We have divine protection.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

“Since the children [us, humanity] have flesh and blood, he [Jesus Christ] too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who hold the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)