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So we’ve been living with the COVID 19 pandemic for weeks now. Have any of you wondered what in the world is going on? Have any of you wondered what God is going? Why is he allowing this to happen?
Perhaps you’re wondering on a general level about the problem of evil in the world. Maybe you’re wondering why God would allow this virus to affect so many people in such a wide range of ways, from the disease itself to the response to the disease.
Maybe you’ve had a personal encounter with the disease. Maybe a loved one has gotten sick, or has had other health problems that went untreated because of the shutdown. Maybe you’re worried about your job, your business or finances. Maybe you’re struggling with having your kids home all day and no school.
Whatever your situation, I’m sure on some level or another you’ve wondered what is going on. And I think as believers, most of us, at least on some level, have asked, “Where is God in all of this?”
Well, in my first message that we streamed online, I think I made reference to a CS Lewis essay written at the dawn of the atomic age. For the first time in history, mankind had the power to obliterate all of life on earth. People were really scared! Lewis, however, reminded his readers that death is not something new. All people, throughout all ages, have experienced death universally. What was new was the mechanism of death, but not the concept or reality of death. He then looked back over the course of human history generally, and the history of God’s people in particular. He pointed out that the church has always responded to crises by demonstrating faith and love. He urged his readers with a sentiment I think we need to remember today as well, “do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation.” [“On Living in an Atomic Age,” (1948), Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays]
Yes, this is a new experience for us. Yes, this particular virus is new. Yes, this is the first time we’ve seen a pandemic on such a broad scale. But these are mere details. The spread of catastrophic disease is not new. Economic hardship is not new. Death itself is not new. This is not the first time God’s people have faced affliction on a large scale! We must not exaggerate the novelty of our situation.
This is one of many reasons why being “people of the Book” is so important. We can go back to the Bible and review times when God’s people were in trouble and how God responded. We have a model of what faith in times of difficulty, in times of affliction or even downright persecution looks like!
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