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HOW SHOULD THE CHRISTIAN RESPOND TO THE CORONA VIRUS?
feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler." Here, shield refers to, according to a large shield, according to Strong and Brown-Driver-Briggs. Buckler, according to Strong, means, "something surrounding the person, that is, a shield."
God is our "high tower." The tower was a place of observation. As Adam Clarke writes, it is "...not only a place of defense, but one from which I can discern the country round about, and always be able to discover danger before it approaches me."
God knows those who trust in Him, and is a shield, a protector, to them.
We must Trust in God
Paul writes in 1 Timothy 6:17, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." He uses the word translated, trust, here in referenceto them that are rich. But, he uses the same word in 1 Timothy 5:5 in reference to the destitute widow, "Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day." Both the rich and the destitute and everyone in between can trust God, and we all must trust in God!
Paul writes in Romans 8:24, "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? The word translated, hope, here, is from the same Greek word translated, trust, in 1 Timothy 6:17. We do not need to hope, trust for something that we can see. We may not be able to see how God will resolve an issue or solve a problem, but we trust that He has a solution.
We must trust in God.
We must Be Patient
Paul writes in Romans 8:25, "But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." James writes in James 5:7, "Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."
The corona virus will eventually be stopped. But, it will take time. We need to be patient. The Lord does His work on His schedule. Paul writes, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Gal 6:9). David writes in Psalm 145:14-15:
The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
We must not Worry
I have discussed the importance of not worrying at length in "What Are You Worried About?", but I will briefly deal with the topic here. Paul writes in Phil 4:6:
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
The word translated, be careful, here, means, "to be anxious about," according to Strong. So, the inspired writer tells us not to be anxious about anything. That is, do not worry about anything. Why? because we must trust God, as we have seen.
God is in charge of everything. King Jehosaphat of Judah prayed in 2 Chronicles 20:6:
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