Just recently, fear has come across the world with regards to the outbreak from the 2019 novel coronavirus or commonly known as the “Wuhan virus”. News, videos of stories, even rumours about this incident are all over the internet. Masks are flying off the shelves despite the higher than usual prices.
Don’t get me wrong. The moment we had a suspected case in our ward, wherein I was currently finishing my shift, gave me both chills (as the suspected patient was only a few meters away from me) and relief (as just finish work and was about to go home). This patient was tested negative by the way.
But in all these things, I know and believe that our Almighty God is sovereign. He is above all things even above this seemingly catastrophe that has struck the world on the beginning of this new decade we are all looking forward to.
Frankly I am more concerned of the misleading public information that had created unnecessary fear and worry. Panic is a very dangerous thing wherein we act out of impulse and not out of wisdom. My uttermost prayer is that God will not only protect us from the virus itself but will generously bestow wisdom unto His children in choosing what to believe in and how to vigilantly act on it.
Bear in mind and in heart that if God was sovereign over the fall of man, if He was sovereign over the reign of kings, if He was sovereign over rise and fall of civilizations, if He was sovereign over wars, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, births and deaths, well.. surely, surely, He is sovereign over this Wuhan pandemic. All these things don’t change the fact that HE IS GOD, THE GREAT I AM whom we can trust and depend on as HE would faithfully never leave us nor forsake us.i
I remembered one wise pastor said “God shakes the heavens and nations with natural disasters and turmoil for the fulfilment of His divine plan and agenda.”
His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways. We may not know what His agenda is, but we know who God is and hopefully believe in His supremacy in all the universe.
I’m not saying that we should be laxed about the matter, no! Vigilant personal hygiene, healthy lifestyle and diligent prayer should be in our utmost practice at present. But do not let fear dictate your actions. Let the Holy Spirit within do that. Continue to rest in God’s almighty power and infinite wisdom.
And if ever, we will get infected. If ever, Singapore will have another outbreak like SARS, I pray that we remember His immutable faithfulness. He said in Isaiah 43 that when we pass through the waters, He will be with us. He promised that when we walked through the fire, we will not be burned.
And in any case of death, I pray that God, in all the abundance of His grace, mercy and love, will give you peace that even in death, He is sovereign and that precious in His sight is the death of His saints. (Psalm 116:15)
Coincidentally (Again, emphasis on I don’t believe in coincidences), our Hope Conference theme this year is “We Have Won”. Yes! WE HAVE WON. WE HAVE WON. WE HAVE WON IN CHRIST JESUS! I pray that these words resonate to every believer’s hearts, minds and spirits. Let’s press on to the victory we have in Christ Jesus! I’ll say it again,
We have won in Christ Jesus!
Isaiah 59:19 KJVS
“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”
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