Hope in the Midst of a Pandemic (NKJV)
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We are in the midst of a pandemic and there is fear and panic, but it is important to remember that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
The virus is affecting everyone regardless of gender, religion, race, or status. This widespread tragedy has caused a lot of people to search for a reason this is happening now.
Even if we can’t figure out the exact reason why this pandemic exists, there are lessons we can learn from this time of trouble. In the Bible, we read about a time when the camp of the Children of Israel was infested with deadly serpents (see Numbers chapter 21). This historical event helps us to understand God can use times such as these to draw our attention back to Himself, especially when He is seeking repentance. Numbers 21:5-6 says “And the people spoke against God and against Moses: ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.’ 6 So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.”
So, what do we do in situations like this? The children of God went to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us” (Numbers 21:7). The first and most important step is acknowledging our unrighteousness.
God then provided a way for saving the lives of those who were bitten. He instructed Moses to make a bronze replica of the serpent and display it on a pole. All that the suffering people had to do was look at the bronze serpent, and they would live. Everyone that obeyed God by following His command was healed.
Jesus Christ referred to this story when talking to Nicodemus. Jesus said in John 3:14-15 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Covid-19 is a disease that affects our physical bodies, but there is something else which has already afflicted every human—and that is sin. Left untreated, sin can destroy both body and soul. The good news is that Jesus was lifted up on the cross of calvary to pay the price of your sins and mine. For this reason, we have a permanent hope of eternal life, hallelujah!
Just like the Children of Israel had to simply obey God’s command to be healed, we have a similar choice today. If you have not yet approached God in repentance and received Jesus Christ as your Savior, I think now is the perfect time to consider the message of salvation. John 3:16 says “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This scripture helps us to understand that if we come to Christ, He is ready to accept us, forgive our sins, and give us the sure hope of eternity with Him.
If you have not surrendered your life to Christ, God is waiting to hear from you. Talk to Him in your own words, from the depth of your heart. It might sound like this: “Father, I know I am a sinner, I come to you today that you may forgive me of my sins. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior and I ask that you wash my sins away and write my name in the book of Life. Thank you, precious Lord. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen!”
When you put your faith (trust) in Jesus, you are secured forever. If this message has been a blessing to you, please share it with your friends and family and let’s all spread this message of hope. God bless you!