Many people are frightened by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Bible provides guidance and comfort which helps us to face this serious global disease with peace and wisdom. Below are some questions to ask ourselves and some Bible passages which will help guide our hearts and minds during these troubled times.
Does the Bible have anything to say about Coronavirus?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Ephesians 4:10 says, “or we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God has prepared good works for us to do, especially in bad times such as when dealing with Coronavirus. Scripture can equip us with the right mindset so that we can face the most troubling times and help others as well.
What is the ultimate source of Coronavirus?
Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—"
Rather than blaming others for the Coronavirus we need to blame Adam’s sin in Genesis while recognizing that we also have sinned as well.
Is God powerful enough to protect us from Coronavirus?
Psalm 91:5-6 says, “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”
God is the creator of the universe and everything it contains. Therefore, God is in control of everything including viruses. During times like these, it is extremely important to trust and obey God.
4. Is it possible that God could allow us to get Coronavirus?
Luke 4:27 says, “And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
While it is possible that God may protect us from Coronavirus, God may also allow us to get sick. If we get sick, God may give us opportunities to be a good witness for Jesus Christ to others such as doctors and nurses or friends on Facebook who are concerned about our situation. If we get sick, it is very important that we maintain our faith and hope in Christ and love for others. One loving thing that we can do for others is to follow medical advice so that we don’t spread the disease.
5. Will God’s love be there for us even we get Coronavirus?
Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God will always be there for us to give us His perfect love, peace, comfort, and hope. For followers of Jesus Christ, we don’t have to fear death. Revelation 21:4 says, “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
6. How should we care for those who are sick with Coronavirus?
Matthew 25:39-40 says, “And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
In the case of Coronavirus, Christians may not be able to visit the sick personally because of the risk of contagion and because of quarantine restrictions. 1 Peter 13-14 and other passages guide Christians to obey health guidelines and quarantines. However, I am thankful to God that we can still pray for, encourage, and help each other through the Internet.
7. Are there other Bible verses that provide comfort and guidance for Christians during this outbreak of Coronavirus?
Here are some of the Bible passages that Christians around the globe have posted on Facebook. I encourage you to look them up and read them when you feel afraid or confused.
Psalm 91, Isaiah 8:11-15, Joshua 1:9, Philippians 1:21, John 8:51, Exodus 30:21, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 45:7, Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:27, Psalm 37, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 2 Timothy 1:7, Romans 8:38-39, and many more! We should be encouraged that the Bible provides so much guidance, comfort, and wisdom to face any trial, including Coronavirus. God will carry us through this trial!
- by Darryl Record