There are a few lessons we can learn from the present plague – COVID 19 – that is affecting the whole world. In this short article, we will take a look at the spiritual, social, scientific and educational lessons that the Coronavirus is trying to teach us and how we can respond appropriately.
The first lesson the virus has taught us or should teach us is that without God, we are NOTHING! It has exposed and is still exposing how helpless and vulnerable we are – every one of us; all humanity – and how much we should depend on God. We are all susceptible to the effect of this faceless monster. It affects all facets of life and living – physical, political, economic, and spiritual. It affects everyone: the rich and the poor, the CEO and the labourer, the king, the queen, the president, the prime minister, the prince, the princess and the commoner. It spares no one. It affects the Bishop, the Pope, the Pastor, the educated and uneducated. It is no respecter of persons. It has impacted all mankind. We are all in the same boat – confused, panicky and anxious with little or no solution in sight. It confirms the humanness of all of us – helpless, powerless and weak without God. It has stripped us – all humanity – of our pride, our self-made dignity and the tendency to boast about ourselves.
Therefore, there is no room for self-glory and boasting, whoever we are and whatever our status in life may be. As the Lord says through the Prophet Jeremiah and echoed by Paul, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things…” (Jeremiah 9:23-24; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17 NASB).
Therefore, our response to this calamity is first, acknowledging who God is, the Creator and Sustainer of the world and all that is in it (Psalm 24:1-2). Second, we should return to Him as we repent of our sin and ask for deliverance for our sin-infested world. We should come down from our self-elevated-selves and seek God, trusting in His faithfulness to answer and heal the land (2 Chronicle 7:13-14).
Although this problem does have a spiritual element, we must be mindful not to over spiritualize this virus as to naively deny its actual existence or effect. We should endeavour to listen to the specialists and follow their directions: e.g. self-isolation and the simple washing of hands. As this continues to unfold, I will be writing more posts. In the meantime hold on the Lord, pray for one another, and trust in the Lord to deliver us from this present evil.