That’s a question that’s being asked and we have to say, right at the start, it’s not an easy one to answer. A well-known Christian writer, C.S. Lewis, in his book The Problem of Pain suggested this:
“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
It might help if we first ask another question, who is this God? The Bible presents a very clear view of him. He’s the creator of all things. He’s perfect in love, compassion, wisdom, goodness and so on. There is no fault in him and everything he does is always the appropriate response to any situation. We don’t always appreciate that, even one of his great Bible servants Abraham questioned what he was doing, but after careful consideration of what God told him he was able to say, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” (1) He was still troubled by what he had heard but he realised that God knows what he is doing and it’s best just to leave it with him. We’re not always meant to know all the answers.
We live in a world that by and large has abandoned God. With him they’ve also abandoned absolute values like truth and justice. Now we all do what we think is right in our own eyes and no one can question us. The result for so many is helplessness and despair. We’ve lost our way. We don’t know who we are any more and there’s a huge mental health epidemic taking place today to go alongside the coronavirus.
Sometimes God must take serious action to make us listen to him, to make us realise that we need him. Sadly, in order to make us listen his actions can sometimes bring pain, but let’s reflect again on this God and who he is. We’ve already said he’s perfect in love and he demonstrated this when he sent his own son, Jesus, into the world to pay the penalty for our sins. For both the Father and the Son it meant pain and suffering beyond anything we can ever experience. It’s actually said of Jesus, “Look and see. Is there any suffering like my suffering?” (2) So, any pain we experience is so much less than what Jesus has known. Our pain may be necessary to draw us to him, his was necessary to deal with our sins and to bring us back to God.
Friend, we can’t say for definite whether God is behind this virus. Others may say it’s a work of Satan. Still others would say it’s just life, these things happen, and we’ve got significant historical evidence of previous epidemics to back that up. What we can say conclusively, without understanding it, is that God has allowed this to happen for a purpose. He will be hating the suffering more than we do, but he’s allowed it to make us aware that we can’t do everything ourselves and we do in fact need him. It’s often in times of great need that people turn to God. We would advise you to do the same. In your time of need commit your life to God. Take the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Saviour and live your life for him. He will bring peace to you, and you’ll find that you’ll be able to cope with the worries of life, knowing there’s a God who has all the answers. You’ll be able to rest in him.
(1) Genesis 18:25
(2) Lamentations 1:12
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