Sunday was a very sad day for me because I wasn’t able to attend church. I took part in a Zoom service instead but it’s not the same, nowhere near as good. I want to worship God in the way he chose, which requires everyone being gathered together in the same place. There’s a description of the early church in the book of Acts. It says that, “All the believers were together and had everything in common.” (1) That’s not just about a Sunday morning, it’s far more, but it points out the need to be ‘together’. In fact the Greek word that’s translated into English as together actually means together together; they were united in one place and of one purpose. That’s what it’s like on a Sunday morning when I go to worship. The church is together together. I can’t do that at the moment because of a national fire-break. It may be only for a short time, but it’s significant to me, and people who share my faith. I’m having withheld from me the most important event in my weekly calendar, the worship of God in the way of his choosing.
The Bible is very specific about where we should look for help in times of crisis. Firstly, it counsels against putting trust in our fellow man. One of the Psalms says, “Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.” (2) That’s a constant refrain in the Bible. Men are just men, and although some are cleverer than others they don’t have all the answers. Coronavirus is proving that to be the case.
The book of Job says about God, “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (3) We are all entirely dependent upon God, and it’s to him we should turn for help. We have a Dyson vacuum at home. If I had a problem with it, who above all would I want to fix it? James Dyson is the man. He created it and he knows exactly how it works. He knows the purpose of every little part and how to get the best out of it. God created the universe. He created man. There is no one who knows more about what is good for us and what is bad for us. There is no one who knows more about what maximises our potential. There is no one who knows more about coronavirus, its origins, its purpose, its potential for harm, how to cure it, or remove it completely from the world.
Jesus told his disciples not to worry. They were not to worry about what they would eat or drink, or what they would wear, the ‘essentials’ of life. Instead they were to trust him. He put it in this way, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (4) I’m sure if it had been around in his day, Jesus would have told them not to worry about coronavirus. Follow him, trust him, and he will deal with all earthly necessities. That doesn’t mean he will protect us from the virus, we may still catch it. However, if we do, we can be sure that he has a purpose in it, and we can know that if it takes our life we have an eternal life far better than this one. Every Christian, when they die, goes immediately to be with Jesus. That’s nothing to fear but something to look forward to.
Thank you to all those who are trying to protect me from coronavirus. I really appreciate your efforts, but you don’t need to worry about me. My trust is in God and I rely on his protection. You don’t need to worry about any Christians in fact, you can happily let us go back to church, please, and apply your minds to the many other problems you have.
- Acts 2:43
- Psalm 146:3
- Job 12:10
- Matthew 6:33