Greeting to all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans: 8: 28).
On March 11th, 2020 the world health organization announced the corona virus (Covid-19) a pandemic. On March 13th, 2020, The President of the United States Mr. Donald Trump announced the Corona virus pandemic to be a national emergency. We have never experienced this before. Suddenly everything has changed. Some feel threatened and insecure by a small virus that has overturned public life around the world.
How should a Christen respond to this situation? A Christian should always turn to the word of God and pray to understand how to respond. We should not be anxious. We know God and that knowledge should give us confidence and peace. For example Psalms 55 which is a lament that was written by King David, in verse 22 we read “ Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit righteous to be moved .” The Apostle Peter was most likely thinking of this verse when he commanded us in 1st Peter 5: 7 to “ cast all your anxiety on God because He cares for you” .
It certainly can be difficult. But if we spend some serious time in prayer and meditating on the word of God it is achievable. If our faith is built on a mushy foundation of feelings and prosperity gospel and so on, then our faith will fail ! when we experience serious trials. We must always remember that God is in control. In Isaiah 45: 7 God says “I form light and create darkness, I make well being and create calamity, I am the Lord who does all these things.” We have to remember that nothing will happen outside of God’s control. God controls everything. He is the creator, He is the sustainer, He governs and will judge. We still make free decisions of course, but God orchestrates everything that happens and that includes Covid-19.
God created this universe and it is entirely under His control. Therefore, a proper understanding of the bible must include realizing that God is in control of everything, even seemingly bad things that happen. We have to realize that we often can see God’s purpose in allowing what we think of as bad things to happen. (Romans: 8: 28) “ And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” . This verse is universally true; it is not suspended when we go through some trial that we don’t understand.
Now we are at the end of the Lenten season. Due to the pandemic we are not able conduct worship services in our Church. I urge all the Parishioners to participate in our tele-worship service on Sundays at 10 am. This is a time for us to increase our faith, and be filled with hope. Let us continue to pray for all the sick, and those who are caring for them, especially the medical teams who are exhausting their efforts to compact this pandemic.
Yours in Christ service.
Rev. Santhosh Joseph,