What is God doing through the coronavirus?
On January 11, 2020, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reportedly claimed its first victim in the Wuhan province of China. By March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization had declared a global pandemic. In the midst of this fear and uncertainty, it is natural to wonder what God is doing.
In Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper invites readers around the world to stand on the solid Rock, who is Jesus Christ, in whom our souls can be sustained by the sovereign God who ordains, governs, and reigns over all things to accomplish his wise and good purposes for those who trust in him. What is God doing through the coronavirus? Piper offers six biblical answers to that question, showing us that God is at work in this moment in history.
John Piper is a solid thinker. I don’t think I have read anything by him before but I will be in the future. I appreciate his thoughts and he has challenged me in ways I didn’t know I needed to be challenged.
I have always struggled with people saying God didn’t allow something to happen, but I have agreed with that. Yet, if we say God didn’t allow something bad to happen then we must believe God isn’t all powerful. If he is all powerful then he did allow it. So which is it? I believe he is all powerful and he did allow the Coronavirus to happen. I might not have said that before reading this book but I do now.
I highlighted a lot from this book but this is the paragraph that really got me thinking: “The coronavirus was sent, therefore, by God. This is not a season for sentimental views of God. It is a bitter season. And God ordained it. God governs it. He will end it. No part of it is outside his sway. Life and death are in his hand.”
Wow, this blew my mind and made me see the error of my thinking. I was making God small, not sovereign. But he is big and in control of everything. What kind of God would he be if he wasn’t over all things?
One more paragraph I just need to share: “Why should I received the new of God’s sovereignty over the coronavirus, and over my life, as a sweet teaching? The secret, I said, is knowing that the same sovereignty that could stop the coronavirus, yet doesn’t, is the very sovereignty that sustains the soul in it.”
Oh, one more thing that he talked about was the very verse that represents my blog. I have been misquoting it for years. Genesis 50:20 doesn’t say God will USE it (the bad or evil thing) for good, it says he MEANT it for good. That means he allowed it and is meaning it for good in our lives. The only translation that used the word “used” is the Message and I don’t rely on that as a sound source of the Word.
This is a quick read. You could probably read it on one setting if you wanted to to. Highly recommend of a fresh look at how God is working through this virus that has changed our world.
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