by Rick Lewers
I heard an old guy praying for our community recently. It went something like this: "Dear God we have seen drought and fire across our land in recent times and now we are confronted by this Covid-19 virus. Are you trying to tell us something?"
What a question! "God, are you trying to tell us something?"
When viruses so microscopic we can't see them and can't control them can disrupt the world, is there a reminder to a proud humanity that thinks it has no need of God ... that we do? How small we are and how great our need!
When a virus makes us act like enemies toward one another in shopping centres, in business, schools and homes, is God offering us a diagnostic proof that we are sicker than we thought we were or could be?
And when there is no pill, no medicine, or vaccination are we meant to learn we need God?
When a virus with no cure can affect the financial markets around the world so significantly is God telling us that it's not in money that we should trust.
If a virus has the capacity to strip the world of its wealth, then our idolatrous worship of wealth looks ridiculous.
When something you can't see gives rise to a pro-life response, closing schools, churches not meeting, gatherings becoming illegal and nations closing their borders and quarantining the contagious because death is a real option, is it worth asking if God is trying to tell us something?
Are we being made to realise that life is of such value that we should protect it while recognising that we can't?
As God gave humanity dominion over the created world and responsibility to be good stewards of it, I expect that we will exercise that dominion and probably find a cure to Covid 19 and to any future "covids" that will inevitably appear.
But in our panic to protect life from death is the threat of an unseen virus reminding us that we have no cure for death and we cannot live without God?
Can a virus like Covid-19 offer world health? I am not sure that this is such a stupid question. It is certainly rattling our insecure foundations.
"Can a dead king offer hope to a dying world?" That is not a stupid question, it's a crucial one as we deal with killer viruses.
From the cross where King Jesus died for a sin-infected world, He rose from the dead making the promise of life a certainty in an age of uncertainty.
Is God trying to tell us something? I think He is and the world crisis is whether we will listen to Him.•