The 1918 flu pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, claimed the lives of an estimated 50 million people worldwide. According to Wikipedia this deadly disease infected some 500 million people, resulting in panic and fear. In America alone, some 675,000 people succumbed to this dreaded disease. It is reported that in just one month an estimated 200,000 people died in America from this flu. To say that we have never been here before is only true if we are talking about the coronavirus, but not so if we are talking about a world wide pandemic. Today there is much panic and fear throughout the world, and rightly so, as we look for answers and a remedy to this horrible disease.
During times of uncertainty there is a place and a Person that gives assurance and certainty to the life of the believer. King David was a man who had his share of trials and battles, but he never lost hope in God. The place we go to in order to find answers is God’s word. The person we turn to that gives peace, purpose, and provision is none other than Jesus Christ.
"I choose joy... I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical... the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God." Max Lucado
God does not call his children to merely “weather the storms of life,” nor does He want us to hide in fear when we are faced with danger. The Christian life is a life of adventure, and as with any adventure there is an element of danger. As we face this pandemic together we must take precautions, but at the same time we have an opportunity for the church to shine the light of Jesus in the midst of all this darkness. I agree with Max Lucado, the problem we face is an opportunity to see the power and peace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
"Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope." Hebrews 3:5-6
Just as David stared death in the face more than once he firmly believed and declared “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.” There is the key for all Christians, it is God that brings comfort to our circumstances. It is God that gives us hope when we feel hopeless. It is God that brings peace in the midst of our problems. What are we to do? Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of faith. He not only goes before us, He also has our back!
"In what time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee." - Psalm 56:3