To my fellow believers
The world is watching, waiting for Coronavirus to strike. Are we helpless victims or active participants in our present?
The virus will hit most countries of the world. Thankfully it is not deadly per se, though there are vulnerable groups:
- the elderly and
- the infirm with respiratory issues, cancer, heart or diabetes in particular.
- pregnant women
Otherwise, it is not a threat to civilisation.
It is a threat, however, if we panic!! Because panic attacks society. It attacks the economy (which threatens serious increases in poverty). And it can attack the respiratory system, which is where coronavirus targets.
As we say in the UK, “Keep calm and carry on.” That isn’t easy when panickers surround you. But always we have a choice: give in to our emotions or stand determined to defeat fear.
“Fear not” occurs 150 times in the Bible. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
So, at this time, we are called to be salt and light (perhaps mostly light right now). We can ask people how we can pray for them. And we can model confidence in GOD, who is sovereign and just and loving.
Personally, to the Prime Minister of the UK I say
I pray he doesn’t buckle under pressure. In a secular world, doing as the experts advise seems the best strategy. There are opposing experts of course, just as there are opposition political parties. But the majority voted Boris Johnson to be in charge, and we trust GOD has given us the leader for such a time as this…. to do the job of coordinating in the natural, the effort to overcome this virus.
So, let’s pray
… For us to overcome fear, for others to receive prayer and experience the grace of Jehovah, and for the leaders in the nation, beginning with our Prime Minister and our Queen, that wisdom and leadership would lead this nation to a sincere humility, a greater fellowship with one another, and a deepening relationship with Yehovah, the Creator of the Universe.