It seems that, just within a few short months, our world has turned upside down again.
The last time I remember such drastic measures in the United States was right after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.
But, what can we do as Christians during this time? And yes, we are concerned about Coronavirus (COVID-19) just as the non-believers are.
So, first of all, if you need accurate information to help protect you and your family health-wise, go to the CDC website.
In his video, Dr Jeremiah gives a Biblical message of hope and what we can do during this time of distress in our country – and in our world.
Dr David Jeremiah Talks about Facing Coronavirus – Keeping It in Perspective
The question I’m asking is, will we listen to people who are losing hope or will we rise to the challenge as Christians?
Dr. Jeremiah says we need to pray during this time. We are doing that, aren’t we? But, what do we pray for?
- A cure?
- A vaccine?
- Unity in our country to stem off the medical and economic woes?
Jehoshaphat’s Prayer—from 2 Chronicles 20:6-12
This prayer fits with what’s going on today. Let’s read it together..
“And he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens?
And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations?
Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.
Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’
Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them), see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance.
O our God, will You not judge them?
For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” – 2 Chronicles 20:6-12 NASB
News Stories – Then and Now
Jehoshaphat prayed to God in distress because of all the disasters going on at the time. Dr. Jeremiah says this could have been in this week’s news.
So, watch and listen as Dr. David Jeremiah gives us hope along with instructions for how to pray during this Coronavirus pandemic.
My Favorite Part of Dr Jeremiah’s Video?
I feel we can sum it up by deciding to “keep our eyes upon Jesus” during this time.
We can pray for anything as Christ promised in the Book of Mark. He says:
“And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” Mark 11:22-25 NASB
“Keep Your Eyes on the Lord” – David Jeremiah
How should we use Jehoshaphat’s prayer?
Dr. Jeremiah says that our prayers should end with a cry for help. We should admit that we are helpless but our hope is “fixed on God.”
Peace or Panic?
Another profound statement Dr Jeremiah makes is;
“It takes the same amount of energy to worry as it does to pray and one leads to peace and the other leads to panic.”
The choice is yours.
Pray for All Involved
The final point Dr. Jeremiah makes is to pray for everyone involved in this pandemic.
Pray for the people who are infected, the families of those who’ve lost loved ones, and the people charged with finding solutions.
These include, but are not limited to:
- President Trump
- Vice President Pence
- and the complete team of medical experts who are working to control and cure the disease.
Yes, this crisis will pass. The fact is, worry will not make it pass any sooner.
And remember, no matter what happens, God is in control. He will take care of His people, in His way.