Written by Michael Manthe
I recently had a conversation with a fellow Christian about the coronavirus that has been sweeping our nation, and nations around us. People are panicking and buying large amounts of supplies for their homes. Some are getting laid off from their jobs because of the quarantine. Others are scared for their lives, or the lives of people close to them . It seems like a lot to worry about. It caused my fellow Christian to say, “How could someone who doesn’t believe in God possibly go through a situation like this, or any problem in life, and have hope”?
It made me think about what Jesus said in Matt:7-24-27, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the Rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the Rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Right now we are in the middle of a fierce storm. Stores are running low on supplies, many are out of work, and some are even losing their lives as a result of the virus. It’s so easy to look at everything going on and to panic, and feel beaten down. To race to the stores and buy all the toilet paper and non-perishables you can afford. We may stay up at night wondering, “Am I going to die from this? Will the people I love die from this?” All of these worries are enough to wash away a house built on the sand.
While it is good to make sure you have supplies and food, to follow the CDC website, to wash your hands extra, and follow the government’s advice on social distancing, ultimately we need to trust and find comfort in God, not the CDC’s statistics, or the fact that we have enough toilet paper to last an entire year. We can be still, knowing He is in full control through the entirety of this. Being built on the Rock of God leads to some pretty amazing benefits we as Christians get to have that people who don’t believe do not have.
Being built on the Rock assures us that God is going to provide. When the rain comes, and supplies run low, and we aren’t sure if we are going to have what we need for daily life, we turn to passages like Matt. 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Jesus goes on to say in verse 27, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” What a comforting thing to know! As Christians we can rest easy knowing that God will give us what we need through this pandemic.
Next, being built on the Rock assures us that God will work something good out of this situation. When the floods come and your job is threatened we know God has our best interest in mind, and that all good things come from Him.Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”If you look at this situation through this lens, it could be exciting to see just how God provides for you and your family. Can you look back and think of a time he has already done this for you?
Finally, being built on the Rock assures us that God controls the end result. God is in full control over every aspect of our lives, even our life itself. Jesus has removed all fear of death by living his perfect life, and dying in our place, and rising again Easter morning. Jesus tells us in John 11:25b-“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” If we lose our life on Earth due to the coronavirus or something else, we can rest easy knowing that all who believe in Jesus will have eternal life in Heaven. This truly is the best end result a person could have.
So how could someone who doesn’t believe in God go through this world, and all the troubles it gives to us? Well, truthfully they can’t. Neither can we without the help of God. The benefits of being built on the Rock are pretty amazing, and we should want to share them with everyone we can. During this time of confusion and panic, lets reach out to those who don’t believe, and tell them about why we Christians can rest easy during this time. And tell them they too can have these benefits if they choose to build their lives on the Rock that is Christ Jesus. Amen.