The Corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic is here and it has brought the globe to its knees in just a few months. Literally everyone on the earth is affected, from the powerful to the poor, the young to the old, the strong to the weak. This virus does not discriminate and everyone no matter their strata in life or their geographical region must take note and adjust their lives accordingly.
I was not around during the last World War which would have also paralyzed trade and travel similar to how Covid19 is now doing. But I was thinking, it isn’t something big like war or a large-scale visible event that has caused this mayhem. It is a little microscopic organism, something we cannot see with our naked eye that has turned the world into chaos and produced global fear. It is something we cannot see that has caused this turmoil that we can see, – oh the irony!
In like manner, it’s the same way in the spiritual realm, where the things we cannot see affect the things we can.
Hebrews 11:3 (NIV) By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Hebrews tells us that the unseen, created the seen. Pausing to reflect for a minute, one realizes that even in the natural, the things which are not seen typically go unnoticed yet they drastically affect the seen. Be it the air that we breathe which gives life or the unseen gravity that keeps us pinned to the ground and stops us from floating away. In short, the unseen does impact, will impact and will continue to impact in ways that will forever change the course of history.
If the unseen influences so much then where do we as mortal men fit in? My conviction and faith tells me that tapping into the unseen is the key to managing the seen. This is the only way to securely navigate this life and gain access to the next. As the Coronavirus has taught us, this life is fickle and can amount to nothing and the things we value can soon be eroded. Imagine basic necessities like toilet paper and soap all of a sudden seemed to hold more importance and value than cash itself.
So, what are you going to hold on to and place all your trust in? Are you going to stake the only life you have on man’s wisdom and ability? – here is a good point for all of us to stop and ponder on this question. Or are you going to hold on to the God who knows tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that?
No other words on earth can accurately predict the future as God’s Word (Bible) has done. Actually, that is how you know a true God (Isaiah 41:22-24, Isaiah 46:9-10) ; when the future is revealed to us. Hundreds of years ago God told us:
Matthew 24:7-8 ESV – “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”
2 Timothy 3:1-17 ESV – “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power…”
Daniel 12:4 – But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, to the end time. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Ecclesiastes 12:12 And more than these, my son, be warned: The making of many books has no end, and much study is the weariness of the flesh.
We have seen all the above come to fruition and there is even more to come as noted in scripture. But even as we say the virus is here, we can rest assured that GOD’s WORD is also here (John 1-5). Hallelujah..!!
I was going to add some scripture at this section of the blog to give hope and encouragement, but there is so much in His Word that I might have just ended up quoting the majority of it 😊. However, I encourage everyone to read Psalms 91 as well as other scriptures which gives hope during this period along with continuing in prayer.
I pray that during this time of quarantine and social distancing that we truly pause and reflect on life in general and more specifically our lives. Let’s ask ourselves:
- Am I truly fulfilled and contented in life?
- Can I depend on this world system or will it fail me?
- Is there more to this life? If so, how can I get it? (Acts 2:38, Acts 4:10-12)
These are ‘man in the mirror’ type questions that all of us must ask ourselves at the appropriate times and at regular intervals and none more so than the present. My hope is that more of us realize the reality of God, who can clearly be seen around us:
Romans 1:20 For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things made, both His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse.
He lives and wants us to live with Him but for this to happen we must believe that He is God (Hebrews 11:6) and trust in Him with all our heart.
The Virus is Here, but God’s Word is also here.
PS: Dane Miller was last seen in a Botanical Garden admiring the beauty of the seen, while in awe and praying to the unseen God who placed it there.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Author
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