In my interaction with my customers (as they are the ones I have the most contact with throughout the day) I bring up COVID as a starting point to speak of Jesus. I point out that it’s not the number of deaths that impresses on me God’s involvement but how it has brought a level of disruptive chaos into much of the world. Some people’s hearts are filled with fear of death; others are haughty that it won’t affect them. Sometimes the fear of death can cause a person to humbly seek God but others in their stubborn and unrepentant heart will not repent, but the Lord is still at work bring salvation to those who call on Him.
I point out that there is an increased level of economic chaos in much of the world. God uses this to turn some to Him by tearing down their gods of money, possessions, jobs, entertainment exedra. He can use it to convict some that these idols are false and have no power to save from death and sin. Some will repent and others will continue to put their hope and trust in them.
God did these types of things throughout Israel’s history and not just Israel but the surrounding nations also. In His mercy He does what is needed to show humanity that faith in anything other than Him is like building your house on sand. The storms of life will come and your house (life) will be destroyed.
All our hope and trust should be placed in what the Father did for us through the cross of Christ. Through it we have died to this world and to sin. We are raised to life; our spirits have been recreated, born again. 2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” For those children of God who have become drowsy and have allowed the deception of this present time to draw them away from a total commitment to Jesus, God can use this to wake them up and remind them that this life is temporary and there is coming a day of judgment for all. If believers fall back into a love of this present life and turn back to all the false gods that the world trusts in, it’s like a dog returning to its vomit. As it says in Heb 10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
COVID and all that it has brought has become a present trial to bring judgment or an act of discipline to the children of this age and to the Father’s children. He will use it as a catalyst to help bring people who are willing to be humbled by it to the cross of Christ and through that, bring death to sin and this world and resurrection to eternal life. 1 Peter 1:24"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,” but those who put all their trust in Jesus will be saved. We are saved by dying with Christ and rising to life with Him. Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Jesus is Lord! He is everything to the Father and must be everything to us. If He is truly our Lord then nothing in all His creation can lord itself over us. Not sin, Satan, man, nothing, for all power in heaven and earth belongs to Jesus and no one or anything is our Lord beside Him.
For freedom sake, Christ has set me free.
This is the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven. This is what I proclaim to the people I come in contact with.
COVID and all the things it has brought is just one thing the Father uses to humble humanity. COVID is not the end of this present age; Christ’s return will bring that. I look to Heaven from which my salvation comes.
All glory, honor, power and dominion belong to Him who sets on the throne and unto the Lamb.