Toward the beginning of this pandemic, while pondering the unprecedented events we were faced with, not only as a nation, but as the world, I began to consider some possible analogies between the physical devastation of the Coronavirus and the spiritual message God just might be wanting to communicate to us through it:
1) Coronavirus, the name (God cares about names. If you disagree, look up the meaning of your name and see if it doesn’t reflect who you are in some way).
The Coronavirus is so named because it looks like a crown. The ancient Latin word for crown is “corona.” According to Queensland Health, virions give off the appearance of a crown when the virus is examined under a microscope. (Who else wears a crown?)
2) The Coronavirus attacks the lungs.
The main function of the lungs is respiration. When we inhale our lungs bring in what our body needs (oxygen) and passes it into the bloodstream. When we exhale, our lungs send out what our bodies do not need (carbon dioxide).
Could it be that we (the world) are bringing into our bodies what we do not need, passing it into the bloodstream, and letting out what we do need (the love of God and our neighbor)?
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. (Lev. 17:11).
The lungs also function as a filter for our body. The Coronavirus stops the body’s ability to filter out the parts we don’t need.
3) It comes in through the nose, ears or eyes.
Like the lungs, the nose is for filtering the bad from the good. The world has forgotten how to filter good from sin, often calling what is evil good and good evil. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, Is. 5:20.
Man’s solution: hoarding–in the beginning of it all, toilet paper! Of all things, toilet paper is for the cleaning up of that which our body does not need. However, is it possible that God is not after a physical cleansing of the body’s waste but rather a spiritual cleansing of our souls?
Man’s solution: Social Distancing, or physical distancing from one another. Six feet. Horizontal. Six feet down vertically is death. Could God be wanting man to look six feet up vertically to him (Luke 21:28 and Dan. 4:34)?
Self-quarantine. Following the Law of the Quarantine is Biblical, He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp. (Lev. 13:46)
Is it not interesting that the world has chosen to embrace this mandate from God’s word coming straight from the Book of the Law in Leviticus? Quite interesting at a time in history when the world is shouting at the top of their lungs the message to embrace everyone, no matter what perverted lifestyle they adhere to. Everyone, that is, except for the Christian whose trust is in the Lord God, Creator of Heaven and earth.
Could it be that God is calling His people to repent and turn to Him?
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chron. 7:14)
We are living in the end days. The birth pangs are getting closer and closer. (See this animated map of earthquakes in the 20th Century and compare it to this animated map of earthquakes from 2000 to 2015.)
The Coronavirus has spread, as does most everything, starting in the east, developing in Europe, and now (it is this writer’s best guess) having its fullest expression in America.
World-wide we are told to stay home–ordered in many cases. Could God, in His mercy, be giving us a glimpse into the loneliness He must feel as His creation continues to isolate themselves from Him? Could it be another man-made law working out the will of God in our world? Could it be that through this new law, God is telling us to return to His original building block–the family unit–on which all of society depends.
In conclusion, let us seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways as we humble ourselves and pray.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance[a] upon you and give you peace.