The Lion Roars: Thoughts on COVID-19
God is roaring and He has revealed things in His word on which we should think and speak.
God is judging the nations for their idolatry and corruption. But let’s come closer to home. Is not God judging the United States? Approximately 140,000 abortions have been performed in this calendar year alone (since January 1, 2020). We have perverted the holy relationship of marriage with sexual promiscuity, adultery, pornography, and sodomy. Amongst our many idols are sports and materialism.
I was asked by one of my students at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to reflect on the current situation with COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus).
First, we assert with Scripture that all that is occurring with this virus around the world and in our own country is part of God’s sovereign good purpose. God has foreordained all that comes to pass, and He executes His decrees by His providence (Daniel 4:34-35; Psalm 135:6). By asserting God’s universal decree, we do not rule out second causes, but confess the first cause is God’s good pleasure. This work of God embraces every illness and death; also, all the disruptions in society and in the economy. Moreover, Christ as mediatorial king is directing all things for the sake of His church (Eph. 1:22,23). The reality of God’s sovereign control over the novel Coronavirus and its spread has direct bearing on our thought, speech, and behavior in response to it.
Second, because the pandemic is according to God’s holy will, we must ask ourselves, “What is He doing?” Amos demonstrates the relation of cause and effect by a series of rhetorical questions about cause and effect: “Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment? Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something? Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all? If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people tremble?” Then he applies the relationship to the works of God in 3:3-8: “If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it? Surely Adonai the LORD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to his servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? Adonai the LORD has spoken! God is roaring and He has revealed things in His word on which we should think and speak.
First, God is acting through this “natural calamity” with all its repercussions to proclaim His holy judgment. God, indeed, is longsuffering and slow to anger, but throughout history He acts periodically in temporal judgments. It is safe to say that nothing of such worldwide import has occurred since World War II. Second, God is judging the nations for their idolatry and corruption. But let’s come closer to home. Is not God judging the United States? Approximately 140,000 abortions have been performed in this calendar year alone (since January 1, 2020). We have perverted the holy relationship of marriage with sexual promiscuity, adultery, pornography, and sodomy. Amongst our many idols are sports and materialism.
Is the Lion roaring? Most assuredly He is.
**I heard a minister say because of the Gospel and the Cross, God is NOT judging the earth today nor is HE judging people with plagues and other natural disasters etc.! How could HE say that when Jesus Himself stated that God has ordained that there would be plagues, earthquakes, wars, etc., before His coming? Also, how could the minister say that when the entire Book of Revelation is the Judgment of Jesus Christ, the Commander in Chief of Heaven’s Armies engages in such?
No, the minister is wrong, but he was right on some other issues spoke about. Seems even ministers are not able to interpret the scriptures correctly any more! God either allows or orders, and if he allows then He is certainly has given the power for whomever, or whatever, to do the things that bring trials and tribulations on earth to people. Most folks have a very small God, and one that they think is overpowered by events and situations.
My that is almost blindness to what is revealed in the Holy Scriptures about HIS Attributes, such as ALL powerful, ALL knowing, ALL present, etc.! He would NOT be God if something was more powerful than HE was even such things as the elements can’t do what they do without HIS direct order and purposes. It gets rather hard to listen to the average ministers today as they downplay the Attributes of God and Who He really is and how HE operates which the Scriptures give us minute details about. Serious position to be in doing such!
Presented by with notes; Lamar Carnes