• Pastor Mark

What to think about when facing the Coronavirus.

How quickly things can change. Last week, our church was full numerically and full of excitement. This week, we equalled our lowest service ever. Thanks to the coronavirus situation; on top of waking up to a thunderstorm this Sunday morning, I knew we would be in for a low-attendance Sunday. That didn’t bother me though, as I’m always thankful for whoever comes along to church. The scary bit is the panic we see all around us at the moment.

It was Saturday afternoon, one hour before the local Woolworths was due to close.

I thought: “Now is a good time to run down to the shop and get those 3 items I need before church tomorrow.” When I couldn’t find a spot in the carpark, I knew I was in for more than just a quick drop in. As I stood in line to pay for my items (some 11 people back in the line), I observed the panic that was causing people to shop like crazy. I heard one man say: “Should we go back and get another box of butter? There may be none here next time.” Another box! How much butter do you use each week? I saw another family spend over $700 for their 2 trollies-worth of groceries. There is panic all-over social media and there are panic-filled reports all over the news. I can’t even sit down to watch the sports news because it’s all about the Coronavirus. We are bombarded with this situation. So, what do we do?

In addition to taking wise, measured, precautions to avoiding infection, there is also something very important that you can do . . .

Imagine with me, all the attention and time you spend on social media, listening to the radio or watching the news to learn about, or hear updates on: the Coronavirus. Now instead, imagine spending that same time and effort in seeking God.

Imagine the time you spend in prayer lasting longer than the time you spend on social media. Imagine your Bible study outlasting the time you listen to the news updates on the radio or T.V. Imagine this… and then imagine the spiritual impact that it would have upon your life; to focus on God more than the Coronavirus. Wow! For many, including me, that would be a spiritual revival.

Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” (NKJV)

Don’t place your trust in the government’s response, or on the World Health Organisation’s guidelines, or your stockpile of toilet paper. Place your trust in the Lord God.

He still sits on the throne, He is not taken by surprise, He knows all and is above all. Use this time to turn to Him, use this time to build your trust in Him and use this time to strengthen your relationship with Him.

Pray to God during this time of uncertainty.

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request by made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

Give God your worries through prayer. Spend more time with Him than you do accessing information via the various “Coronavirus information” platforms. Instead of being caught up in the rising panic, experience God’s peace guarding your heart and mind, as you give this situation and others over to Him.

As this peace takes root in your heart, surpassing all understanding, others will take notice and you’ll be presented opportunities to shine the love of Christ in this dark world.

Be safe, be wise - taking precautionary measures, but don’t forget: trust in the Lord your God.

- Mark Joy

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