““Hear, O Israel! You are crossing over the Jordan today to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than you, great cities fortified to heaven, a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know and of whom you have heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the sons of Anak?’ Know therefore today that it is the LORD your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the LORD has spoken to you.”
Deuteronomy 9:1-3 NASB
Yesterday was a disturbing day to say the least. As the world braces for the Corona virus it is easy to fall into the panic that seems to be sweeping the country. So many are running to the markets and hoarding supplies to ensure that the most basic needs are met. Fear is everywhere and it is speeding faster than the disease itself, and has the potential to do far more damage.
In the passage above Moses is preparing the children of Israel for their entry into the promised land. Years ago they were in a similar situation and the spies were sent in to survey the land. In their fear they turned back from the promise and an entire generation was condemned to fall in the wilderness and not receive the promise.
Here they are again. God tells them through Moses, that He will go before them and destroy the enemies that they may face. In a very real sense, we are in the exact place: trusting that God will go before us into world where there is no certainty.
God has placed me in a unique position as my life is the epitome of uncertainty. If the virus hits me I will be very ill indeed, perhaps God will use it to bring me home to Him. Even in the face of such dangers, I trust in my Jesus. His great salvation has settled the biggest uncertainty of all: my eternal destiny. Heaven is my home.
I go out with no fear. The worst possible outcome could be the best, as there is no greater joy than spending eternity with my Lord. Make no mistake, I desire to live. I am taking the precautions I need to stay healthy. I am washing my hands, avoiding people who are ill and avoiding going out if I don’t have to. As the recipient of a kidney, my immune system is purposefully compromised to ease the threat of rejection. In my life there are dozens of Corona viruses, all capable of taking my life. Still, I do not fear.
Wash your hands. Eat healthy. Stay away from sick people. The reality is the situation we face today is but a harbinger of things to come. There will be more pandemics, stronger flus, and gruesome illnesses that frighten us. Those of you in Christ, remember whose you are. Do not fear.
If ever there was a time to pray it is now. My peace comes from my intercession, my intercession brings more intimacy with my God, more intimacy brings more trust, more trust, even greater peace. My lack of fear is not reckless disregard, but a deep abiding faith in a God that is greater than any disease and always faithful. I know He is going before me.
Those of you who do not know the God of Creation have a great opportunity to come to faith. Those of us who do know Him have a great opportunity to tell of His goodness. Our God can save us from the Corona virus which one may or may not contract. He can also save one destined for hell, which is a certainty for those who do not believe.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
James 4:8 NKJV
Pass the soul sanitizer!!