One of the privileges of our modern world is that, we have structures and systems in place to safeguard us from deep shocks which would have left devastating effects on our society if we lived over a century ago.
While this has been a blessing, it has also created a false sense of security and a growing reliance on our own ability and pride. As a nation, our need for God has gradually eroded, as we have become more secular and have grown in our confidence of being independent from God. It is however in times like this that we are awaken to the reality that our confidence is a false hope and a delusion if it isn’t first anchored in the Lord.
Switch on the news and you will see panic and fear all around. Cities are on lock-down, businesses are making losses, economies are affected, weddings and travel plans disrupted, daily routines changed, people and families are at risk, and the mortality rates are increasing. The fear and the impact of coronavirus in the world is real; but in reality, it points to the fact that life on earth is fleeting. Our hopes and dreams on earth is only temporary. Nothing is ever permanent or secure; therefore, Jesus encourages us to have an eternal (everlasting) perspective. He says to his disciples,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Jesus encourages us not to be passive about the things of this world, nor place our hopes and security on things that are susceptible to shocks. Rather, he urges us to place our treasured possessions (all our hopes) in that which is eternal and cannot be shaken. Paul echoes this truth by saying, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” 1 Corinthians 15:19.
As believers, our response to this crisis will speak volumes of the faith we have in Christ Jesus, our love for those affected, and where our true treasure lies.
Be wise, be safe, have faith and keep praying.