Corona Virus in the Holy Land
What should a believer in Jesus think in this time of uncertainty? It is easy to focus on the bad news of infections, impeded travel and quarantines. Instead of that, we should be thinking of the promises of God in His Word. He said of this land that it is “A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.”
We can be confident that God’s eyes are upon us and this land. He chose this land for His name. It is the land where Jesus was born, where He walked the earth as a man, where He was buried and rose again. One day, maybe soon, He will return to the Mount of Olives here and reign. As a believer, I do not have to wonder if God has forgotten about us here in His land.
During this time of crisis, many churches have adopted the public reading of the words of Moses in Psalm 91 as a reminder of God’s goodness. This past Sunday, I gathered with my fellow believers here in Jerusalem and together we proclaimed “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Throughout the psalm, we read that God will deliver those who trust in Him from the pestilence. The pestilence, or plague, is described as noisome or deadly and walking in the darkness.
Close your eyes and imagine you are a desert nomad thousands of years ago. You have your family gathered in the tent as night falls. However, out there in the darkness, death lurks nearby. Without the benefit of electric lights, you cannot see it. You cannot run from it since you do not know what it is nor can you see it. You can only trust in the protection that God has promised you.
We may now feel as if we are being stalked by an enemy that we cannot see with the corona virus. However, we can count on our God to have His eyes on this land and to protect us, His children, from the plague that stalks us in the darkness.
Wherever you are in the world, you can do as I did this past Sunday in Jerusalem. You too can close your eyes and recite the promise of God “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
“For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.........”