Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | April 15, 2020

Handling Virus Fears

(4 Minute Read. 4/15/2020)

The Wuhan virus has had a devastating impact on the world with hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe sick or dead. People in over 180 countries have been hit by the Wuhan virus (also called the China virus, coronavirus, and COVID-19).

As of April 14, 2020, more than 1,900,000 have tested positive for the Wuhan virus worldwide and over 126,000 have died. In the United States, over 600,000 have been infected with over 26,000 deaths so far from the China virus. Each of the fifty states has a presidential disaster declaration.
(Click Wuhan Virus Stats for the latest figures on the virus from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Global Dashboard.)

My own state has more than 27,000 cases and over 1,700 deaths. The county in which I live has over 5,300 cases and 361 deaths.

Economic repercussions have been severe with thousands of businesses closing, millions of people losing their jobs, and billions of dollars drained via government aid. The disruption to daily life has practically paralyzed large segments of planet Earth.

Worried, Anxious, Panicked, Fearful? — NOT!

The Wuhan virus situation is extremely serious in the USA and throughout the world. It’s an unprecedented crisis for everyone alive today. Nobody has experienced anything like it.

How will the economy recover? What about supply lines for food and other needs? Will the health system withstand the Wuhan virus onslaught? Will law enforcement be able to control rioting, looting, and violence if the situation further deteriorates? Will civil liberties be restored?

These and many other heavy questions about consequences of the Wuhan virus hang in the air.

But I am not worried about the Wuhan virus!

While concerned, why am I not fearful? Why am I not even anxious?

Faith in a Sovereign God

The fundamental answer is that I have a rock-solid faith in the sovereign Almighty Creator God of the Bible. He created the world and all it contains. He is in charge of every detail of life on earth. Since as Jesus said, a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, certainly He oversees the Wuhan pestilence that is currently plaguing the earth.
Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)

God uses, even sends, plagues and catastrophes for His own purposes as He did in the days of Moses and Amos.
“I sent a plague among you after the manner of Egypt;
I slew your young men by the sword along with your captured horses,
And I made the stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils;
Yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.
(Amos 4:10)

The God who sends pestilence to drive men to repentance is the same God who sent Jesus of Nazareth to the cross to atone for man’s sin. God the Father inflicted the worst “pestilence” ever on God the Son for the benefit of mankind as the Apostle Peter said:
Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know — this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. (Acts 2:22-24)

Instead of fearing the virus that can take my physical life, I fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Read What I Fear.)
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. (Psalm 18: 32)

The Great Creator is on the throne. He rules the universe in infinite wisdom and love. Nothing happens by chance or luck. (Read No Luck At All.) There are no accidents. Yahweh has a sovereign plan in which He is working all things together for good. He may protect me from the Wuhan virus or He may not. I do not know how this China virus fits in His plan, but I trust Him anyway. Just because we don’t understand God’s purpose for the virus does not mean that a good purpose does not exist. Jesus’ disciples did not understand how the horrible crucifixion of Jesus fit into God’s plan until after the Resurrection.
My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts, declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

TV host Dr. Phil McGraw says,
“Pray to God, but row for the shore.”
Certainly I am following the President’s Guidelines to slow the spread, wearing face masks, choosing food to boost my immune system, and taking sensible precautions.

But ultimately faith in the sovereign Great Creator is the baseline for dealing with the Wuhan virus. Yahweh is the one who has numbered my days. There will not be one more day or one less day than He has planned for me.
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
(Psalm 139:16)

Prayer Is Essential

The church of Jesus Christ needs to petition the Great Creator about the Wuhan virus. I urge those of us who know Yahweh to pray like never before for the health of our nation and our world. We need to repent of our own sin and plead for Yahweh’s mercy.

Pray for those suffering with the Wuhan virus that God would heal them. Pray for comfort for those grieving the loss of loved ones.

Pray for strength and wisdom for doctors and nurses. Pray for medical researchers. Pray for the companies switching over to manufacture needed medical and protective supplies. Pray for first-responders. Pray for those risking their lives to help those ill with the Wuhan virus.

Pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence as they lead the country’s effort to combat the Wuhan virus. Pray for their teams.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:6-7)

Questions to Ponder

1. Which concept above will you focus on today to address anxiety and concern?
2. What specific prayer would you add to those suggested above?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the prequels:
1. The Eden Virus
2. Why the Virus?

Read the sequels:
4. Plague, Pestilence, & Pandemic
5. Virus and the Bible
6. Virus Defenses
(with video)
7. Virus Prayers
8. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing
9. Virus Stimulus Package

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday April 15, 2020 A.D.

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)

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Responses

  1. I’m really surprised that you have been taken in by this obviously contrived crisis. Especially since you are a scientist. A coronavirus causes, inter alia, the common cold and people die from this infection and the ‘flu in the hundreds of thousands every year.

    There have also been many reliable reports that the diagnoses and deaths from Covid-19 have been manipulated and coerced in order to inflate the numbers. When propaganda tells us that we must be very afraid and then reports a relative paucity of cases and even fewer deaths worldwide from this variant of the common cold we should be alerted to the presence of an engineered panic. This has been self evident from the beginning.

    Now add to this the draconian measures taken to place the entire global population under house arrest in spite of the fact that the so called pandemic was abating and we begin to see the hidden purpose of of this Plandemic.

    Astute citizen journalists have noted these anomalies and have produced revelatory reports exposing the planning for this contrived crisis that has resulted in this exercise in social control. Among these have been Polly St. George @ Amazing Polly, James Corbett @ the Corbett Report, Mike Robinson @ UK Column and Aaron and Melissa Dykes @ Truthstream Media.

    They have also exposed the eminence grise, the guiding hand, behind Covid-19, the megalomaniacal money grubbing centibillionaire Bill Gates who now dominates the vaccine industry and sees this global scaremongering as a means to achieving his overriding ambition to become the world’s first triillionaire with all the influence that entails. He already has the blood of many on his hands from his vaccination ventures and has been banned from operating in India where he killed thousands of children. This has not stymied his determination to corrupt governments, national and international institutions like the CDC and WHO and bend them to his will to power and dreams of wealth beyond Croesus.

    Once again I must say I am deeply disappointed that you would join the Greek chorus of sycophants repeating endlessly the propaganda promoted by the mass media on behalf of Gates. Shame on you.

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