What other lessons can a Christian worldview take from the Coronavirus situation?
James 1: 2-8, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
There is so much we can apply in just these verses! First, we can still stay in joy because we KNOW Jesus and we KNOW His promises and we KNOW He is faithful and we KNOW that He has already overcome the world and totally wins in the end! He tells us that in His own words in the Bible.
When the trouble and tribulations and storms come in this fallen world to challenge and test our faith, we will actually grow in patience. I believe we also grow in trust and faith if we continue to focus on Jesus! God can use even bad things for good…to help us grow and become complete in Him!
We are to ask for wisdom because God gives that liberally to His children. And ask often, especially if you “do not know” or are confused. He will reveal truth. But, when you ask Him, you need to trust Him….do not doubt God or what He says is truth and instruction. Do not doubt and question if God will be faithful in your case. God is always faithful and trustworthy! Pray/ask and trust Him with your requests. You do not need to beg or nag Him about your requests. He hears you. He will answer you. Your answer may not come right away…remember the patience He already told us He was developing in us?
Do NOT be double minded. In other words, praying one thing, but then going back into fear, worry, anxiety, or the world’s ways of thinking. If you are double minded, how can you hear a clear answer of wisdom? You are looking at the storm and waves, instead of focusing on Jesus and His faithfulness to answer your prayers/asking (Matthew 14: 25-31). How can He answer you if you are not listening to Him? Do not clutter your mind with many worldly things, especially fear!
Double mindedness makes a person unstable. How can I apply this to the Caronavirus situation?
Focus on Jesus…our victory over this is in Him, not just human efforts. Humanism promotes “we can conquer this by people banning together… by our own efforts”.
Know that God can even use this for good in our lives…to build character and faith and patience. We can even shine as lights to others in these times.
Pray and ask God for wisdom in our thoughts and reactions to it. We are not to be ignorant or act as if Caronavirus is not real. Yet, we do not need to swallow everything we hear. We are to be intelligent about it. We are not to perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). We are not supposed to expose ourselves to it without caution saying, “God will protect me.” That is tempting God. Remember, when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness to throw Himself down from the high temple because the angels would protect Him? His answer was NO…do not tempt God. (Matthew 4: 5-7)
STAY focused on Jesus with corresponding actions to His wisdom and instructions. Do not have one thought in His Word and continue to entertain the thoughts of the world…being double minded. You cannot trust and stay in fear at the same time. Your goal is the peace that passes the understanding of the world (Philippians 4:7).
Take time to read God’s Word and pray – communicate with Him. That also means sitting quietly and waiting on the Lord to speak. I think you may find a new thought enter your mind…and you may find yourself saying, “I would never have thought of that…it must be God!” He will also confirm that thought through His Word in the Bible if you search it out.
If you are truly His child, His follower; then, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit who has come to instruct, teach, comfort, and lead you. He only speaks what the Father and Son speak! Trust Him to lead you when you wait on Him to learn. It takes patience and focused trust. This is often difficult. First, because everyone wants it now. Second, in our present earthly life, we have learned that people cannot be trusted…so it becomes difficult to learn trusting God. Young children still trust because they have not experienced broken trust. Remember how Jesus told us we need the faith and humility of a child…to humble ourselves to trust Him? (Matthew 18). Actually, His yoke is easy….a child can do it (Matthew 11:30). Be joined to Him and trust Him. He is totally faithful to His Word and promises. He loves His children! He is the overcomer and just takes us along with Him!
John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”