Today my husband took my daughter shopping and my daughter came back all a buzz about how the stores were sold out of toilet paper, and other basic supplies. It seems that 2 cases of the coronavirus, in our state, is cause of major panic, colleges and schools closing, and stores being wiped of supplies right off the shelves.
Friends and family are posting articles on facebook on how to prevent getting this virus. People are panicking because they don’t know much about this virus.
This is what I find curious about us as human beings. We live on a ball that is hurtling through space, we live with people dying all the time, with the threats of tornadoes, or hurricanes, or earthquakes. The flu season just killed thousands and thousands more than this Corona virus is expected to kill.
All of us literally face death, every single day. But most of us, are oblivious to this. We go about our lives, going to school, or work, or whatever, acting like we are going to live forever.
We don’t think, “I am going to die. It could be today.”
But below the surface—it is there—the knowledge is there.
So– it should not be surprising to see people react and panic when something – like the uncertainty of the Corona-Virus brings that knowledge to the surface – that we are all going to die,—and that day could be coming sooner rather than later.
I hope that as people are faced with this truth, that they will consider these truths as well:
God loves us. Jesus came to earth to die for us, so we could live with Him forever. He did this because God wants us to know Him, and our sin was stopping that from happening. When Jesus died, He died for humanity’s sins, one perfect divine death to pay the penalty for all our sins and give us the gift of a relationship with God. This gift needs to be accepted by each person individually, for that person to experience God’s love and forgiveness and experience a relationship with Him.
“For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to be called, children of God….” John 1: 12
“The testimony is this, God has given us eternal life, this life is in His Son, he who has the Son, has eternal life…..” 1 John 5: 11,12
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. ” John 17:3
If you would like to receive Jesus, you can do so by expressing your faith through prayer.
“Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Please make me into the person You created me to be. Thank you for this gift of a relationship with You. Help me to listen to You and Your word and to follow You.” Amen
Once you have made this decision, Jesus will come into your life as He promises: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…..” Revelations 3:20
He will never leave you. “…I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
You will have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Knowing that we are God’s and He is ours, will make a difference in our lives. No reason for panic. No reason for distress. But also, no reason to go back to being oblivious. We can be aware of what others are going through. We can reach out and help in our spheres of influence.
We can be unafraid!!
So Be Encouraged!!