“What God is doing in the coronavirus is showing us—graphically, painfully—that nothing in this world gives the security and satisfaction that we find in the infinite greatness and worth of Jesus. This global pandemic takes away our freedom of movement, our business activity, and our face-to-face relations. It takes away our security and our comfort. And, in the end, it may take away our lives. The reason God exposes us to such losses is to rouse us to rely on Christ. Or to put it another way, the reason he makes calamity the occasion for offering Christ to the world is that the supreme, all-satisfying greatness of Christ shines more brightly when Christ sustains joy in suffering” (John Piper, 82).
I confess there’s a lot I don’t know about the way the world works. I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of suffering or why it exists or how God uses it in His greater plan. I do know that God is great, God is good, and He is for us. The Bible says God is working all things — including pandemics — for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
I’ve learned lately that a lot of what I have considered vital and important doesn’t really matter all that much in the grand scheme of eternity. All the toys and trophies we’ve accumulated over the years won’t mean anything when this life ends. What will really matter are the lives we’ve impacted for God and God’s kingdom.
We as believers have a message of hope to a world that desperately needs it, provided we haven’t been too busy compromising it away in order to be relevant to the culture we’re called to redeem and transform by the power of the gospel. Let us endeavor to pray that God will lead us to serendipitous encounters that lead to gospel conversations and gospel relationships for the glory of God.