The current situation, the threat of the Coronavirus going on, is very strange. I mean, you just want to go to bed in the evening and wake up to: Solved! Everything is fine again. Don’t you?
At the moment there is a great uncertainty over what the outcome of the Covid-19 will be like. It’s not only the virus, though, that concerns us. What about the economy, our finances, our belongings? How about all those people who are living in fear? They are worried that they might get the virus, anxious to touch things, and afraid to be exposed to people who do not keep their distance.
Now is the Time
Fears arise. That’s totally normal. But there is no time to panic! The last thing we want to do now is to overreact. What we need to do is to stay informed but use a filter, keep a distance but stay in touch, and stay in isolation if necessary.
Filter Information: News Channel vs God’s Word
While watching the news we can so easily slip into despair. When things look hopeless joy in life begins to crumble. We lose focus on eternal things. The weight of negative thoughts will eventually crush us. We cannot let this happen! Set priorities:
- God’s Word
- Other things (incl. secular things like watching news)
First things first! Get informed, yes, but don’t have the news channel on all day! Set a certain time to sit down and watch the news. Then turn off the TV. Go pray!
In situations like this I find it so helpful to read Philippians 4:8 and to take it to heart:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.
Keep in touch with brothers and sisters in Christ. Whenever you get together online or by phone focus on things above. Read God’s Word, pray, and sing, if possible, by audio or video call. Encourage one another. Pray with and for one another. Remind each other of verses and hymns.
Yes, unclean things, sickness and disease, need to be dealt with and, if necessary isolated, so they won’t spread. It’s actually a biblical thing, did you know that? (See Leviticus 13) But isolation needs attention and regular checks! It doesn’t matter if the person is self-isolating due to sickness or because they have to keep a safe distance: they need to stay in touch and be fed. Remember, too, people need both: food for the body and food for the soul.
Romans 13 — Awake Out of Sleep
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.