God has called us to thrive not just survive. The crisis caused by COVID-19 caught many of us off guard, but it didn’t catch God off guard! God in no way caused this virus. Let's be clear, He knew it but He did not cause it. Everything God creates brings life and a lot of what man creates brings death.
This virus is dangerous and deadly, but I think the most dangerous thing I have learned about this virus is how many people have the wrong belief about God's nature.
Human nature has always been to question God's nature.
Look back at the beginning. The devil knew he could change things by changing the way Adam and Eve thought about God.
“Did God really say..." Genesis 3:1
The world's first failure, the world's first sin was birthed by giving into the twisted lie, “Did God really say..." Questioning God's nature has always been the devil's number one biggest trap and scheme. What's to say the devil isn't doing the same today?
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:11
It's no coincidence that that one of the pieces of armor is "the helmet of salvation" — which it's sole intention is to guard our minds. From what? From the traps and schemes of questioning God!
In tough times it is so easy to question God's nature, question if God caused these things, and question His goodness. Did God do this? Did God send this? Is God mad at our world? Is God punishing us? Does God really love? Is God really good? Does God actually see or care about me?
Stop thinking those thoughts. This is exactly the corner the devil wants to back you into. This is one of his traps set to kill!
Fast forward a little bit from the garden of Eden at the beginning of the good book to Jesus. The devil thought he could defeat Jesus the same way in the wilderness.
"If you are the Son of God..." Matthew 4:2
The devil is questioning God's word. The devil is questioning God's goodness and nature. Just a few moments earlier Jesus was getting baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. The heavens opened up and God spoke loud and clear declaring,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased...” Matthew 3:17
You see, the devil has no new tricks up his fiery sleeves. From Eve to Jesus, from the beginning of time to today, it's the same old traps. However, Jesus shows us how to overcome this pattern of thinking.
"IT IS WRITTEN..." Matthew 4:4
Jesus responds EVERY TIME with three of the most powerful words in the entire bible, IT IS WRITTEN! Every time the thought creeps in questioning God's goodness, just speak these words aloud IT IS WRITTEN! Every time the liar whispers in your ear, "God caused this", just speak these words aloud, IT IS WRITTEN! Every time the enemy tricks you into believing "God must be punishing us", just speak these words aloud, IT IS WRITTEN!
What is written?
"I am above only, not beneath" (Deuteronomy 28:13)
"I am the head and not the tail" (Deuteronomy 28:13)
"I am blessed going in and blessed coming out" (Deuteronomy 28:6)
"I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus" (2 Corinthians 5:21)
"I am seated with Christ in heavenly places" (Ephesians 2:6)
"As Jesus was so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17)
"If God be for me, who can be against me" (Romans 8:31)
"I am a child of God" (1 John 3:1)
"I am Loved by God" (Deuteronomy 1 John 4:19)
...and SEVEN THOUSAND MORE PROMISES that God made in His Word, and SEALED with the covenant of His Son's own precious blood!
So how are you going to thrive and not just survive this and every pandemic, plague, war, famine, uprising, social and economic crisis that WILL come our way? BELIEVE IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD!
- Praying for you and LOVE you all!