COVID 19 has introduced a whole new batch of “What ifs” invading my mind. What if they can’t find a effective vaccine against it? What if there is no immunity after you’ve contracted it? That’s why this Scripture in Psalms seems so timely today. For when all these fears are swirling around me, I need to stop and seek God’s perspective. I need to seek His face for answers when the world has none. And when I’m stressing about things that are completely out of my control, I need to trust God and have confidence that He has authority over all these matters. For even though the “What ifs” may still bombard my mind, bottom line is my dependence and hope must remain in God.
Nothing in recent history has humbled the world like this tiny microscopic virus called COVID19. Powerful countries around the globe have been brought to their knees, their economies devastated, their people frightened and alone as this virus spreads. World Leaders resigned now to the fact that all their military might is no match, all their counter-intelligence and international clout meaningless in the face of this unseen enemy. Yes, COVID19 has humbled us. It has shown us just how vulnerable and defenseless human beings can be. But this can also be a good thing. For it has plainly shown us how little mankind is in control and how much we need God. The humility spoken about here is a change of heart…of turning from evil and seeking the face of God in true repentance…and seeing our land healed.
James 4:8 tells us to, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” What does “coming near to God” look like though? It starts with communing or fellowshiping with our Heavenly Father…and that means getting to know Him. It’s similar to when you first started dating your spouse…you talked together endless hours, getting to know each other. God wants us to know Him…and He wants us to trust Him. But we have to know Him before we can trust Him…and that means reading His Word and praying. God assures us that if we seek Him, we will find Him…for He’s longingly waiting for that opportunity to be known by us.