You know, I really have felt that the COVID-19 “pandemic” has been greatly overblown. And, to a great extent, I still do. That being said, I overheard a conversation in court today that offered another perspective. The speaker noted that, in many cases, those making a run on the stores and stockpiling, are doing so, not because they fear contracting the disease, but out of a concern that shipments from China and other suppliers might be disrupted for a time. Others are alarmed about the possibility that they may be required to lock down, leaving them unable to access supplies. This was a perspective that I had not considered. Perhaps a little extra TP is not such a bad idea.
BUT, early one morning while praying, something else came to my mind. I was petitioning the King of Kings on behalf of several people that I love dearly. Each is going through stormy seas currently. Some are dealing with financial challenges while others have marriages in peril. And
KINGDOM – a place where HE is King, and all others are subservient. A place where HE makes all decisions for the benefit of His subjects!
I thought of the many times I have heard (and sometimes said) “God’s got this!” But now I’m not so sure! You see, it’s not that “God’s got this.” It’s really not! Quite frankly, many with strong faith would have to concede that numerous petitions, even when requested with perfect faith, have gone unanswered or denied. The crux of the problem lies in the fact that, although we absolutely believe that the God Who stopped the sun, split the sea, sent a large fish uber to transport a prophet, and raised the dead is ABLE to solve ANY issue with which we are faced – we are not so sure that He WILL! Our experience tells us that sometimes He does not, and besides, do we really deserve it? Didn’t we get ourselves into this mess in the first place?
So here’s what might sound like REALLY bad news – God does NOT “got this” (at least not in the way that we might think of it). But, here’s the GOOD news – nor does He need to!
God does not need to “got this” if God’s got YOU! There is no need to run from trauma to trauma and stressor to stressor wondering if He will act on your behalf! He will ALWAYS act on your behalf if He owns you! But acting on your behalf may at times not look like what you would have imagined or chosen! Stress, trauma, and stormy seas provide classroom time allowing plenty of practice in the discipline of turning ALL over to His kingship. You see, God has a vested interest in providing for and protecting that which He owns. On the other hand, as long as WE retain ownership, those responsibilities are ours!
If we believe He is sovereign, then we must admit that He has allowed us to be in this place at this time. AND He has also allowed the dreaded coronavirus! With that in mind, let’s take a look at this!
In all things give thanks, for THIS is the will of God in the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus! (1 Thes 5:18)
Could it be that the word THIS in the above passage refers not to the giving thanks, but to whatever the “all” is? As it relates to COVID-19, we would have to say – In all things (including coronavirus) give thanks, for this (the coronavirus) is the Will of God!
After all, if we believe He is omniscient, then could we possibly imagine that COVID-19 has taken Him by surprise? Do we suppose that He is pacing the floors of Heaven, wringing His hands, wondering “what are my people going to do about COVID-19?”
If we surmise that He is omnipotent, then we must acknowledge that He is able to put an immediate stop to the coronavirus and, in fact, could have disallowed its dissemination in the first place!
If we agree that He is sovereign, omniscient, and omnipotent, and yet He did NOT stop this pandemic, can we also believe that He is good?
GOOD– Just as with any good parent, our Heavenly Father considers FUTURE implications when approving or denying requests. I am SO very thankful that He did NOT respond to many of my short-sighted petitions in the way that I would have wished. Oh, yes He is good! His concern is not so much with our temporal comfort and happiness; but with our eternal gain! When we were a baby, we did not understand why our parents would not allow us to play with the electrical outlet, but it was their love and determination to protect that demanded that they deny our wish. When we were a toddler, we screamed and kicked as they pulled us away from the street. Loving? Why, yes! And as a teenager, their decision to ban us from running around with that older group seemed simply controlling and out-of-touch with the current times. Ah, but they could see things that we could not. Good parenting indeed!
Once we have established within ourselves that God is not only, sovereign, omnipotent, and omniscient, but always good as well, then must we come to the conclusion that somehow, someway, this too, (COVID-19) is designed to profit us? But, how?
At least one way comes to mind. Oh, of course, He wants us to be wise, and perhaps we should put bags of beans in our pantries and TP in our closets. We should take lots of vitamin C and get plenty of rest. But, at the end of the day, His desire is for us to be satisfied with the knowledge that, should He choose to leave us IN the storm, it is the storm that we need, and He will see us THROUGH it! He’s got you! I believe He wants us to practice believing Him in all things and at all times. I believe He wants us to work out our spiritual muscles, standing firm in the knowledge that His choices for our lives are FAR superior to anything we could choose for ourselves. He’s got you!
Times like these are powerful spiritual purifiers and sanctifiers. Far superior to any diffused essential oil, He provides THE truly ESSENTIAL Oil! Yes, He could stop the Corona storm tomorrow, but if He doesn’t —
Yea, 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! (Ps 23:4)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.( Isa 41:10)
Cast all your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you! (1 Peter 5:7)