In my daily Bible reading I just finished the book of Daniel. Talk about timely and appropriate! One of the great themes running through this Old Testament book is that God is still in control even when life looks hopeless. That’s a message that all of us need to hear right now with the world-wide Coronavirus epidemic.
The truth of God’s involvement in our world and lives is found in every chapter of the book.
Chapter 1 – God honors Daniel and his friends before the king.
Chapter 2 – God sets up and takes down kingdoms.
Chapter 3 – God saves the three Hebrews from certain death.
Chapter 4 – God humbles the greatest king on earth.
Chapter 5 – God brings judgment on the mighty Babylonian empire.
Chapter 6 – God protects Daniel from the lions.
Chapter 7 – God determines kingdoms and will set up His own kingdom.
Chapter 8 – God reveals the future kingdoms of the Medo-Persians and Greeks.
Chapter 9 – God reveals the future of Israel to Daniel.
Chapters 10-12 – God reveals more of His future plans for Israel and the world.
From the personal lives of Daniel and his friends to great Kings to the future of the world and eternity, we see God’s hand moving people like chess pieces into the places He has determined.
So why are we so concerned about the Coronavirus?
It’s probably because we’re afraid of what we don’t know. And that’s understandable. An unknown future is an unsettling thing.
But realize that it’s only unknown to us. It’s not unknown to God, in fact, He is the author of the future and as Christians we believe that history is going exactly the way God wants it to go.
And if that is the case then we have every reason to trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), even though we’re going through something unlike anything we’ve experienced in life.
So, take care of yourself. Follow the advice of the CDC and health care professionals. Practice good hygiene. And Relax, He’s Got This.
Stay in the Word