Should Christians fear the coronavirus? The virus has spread across the globe and everyday news outlets have intensified a heightened cause for concern and uneasiness, but should believers fear?
On June 10, 2018, my ten-year-old daughter came to me early in the morning and expressed that she had a fascinating dream, and then her eyes began to well up with tears as she spoke, not understanding why she was almost on the verge of crying.
In the dream, she conversed to me that Jesus was standing next to her, and a huge thunderstorm had come to our town. Lightning struck a tall pine tree in front of our house and aimed straightway for our front window. As she watched for the tree to break through the glass, miraculously it didn’t! The tree just went through the glass without it shattering, immediately transforming into an artificial [Christmas] tree as it hit our dining room floor. Our daughter then asked Jesus, “Why didn’t the tree break the glass, not harming our house? And why did it turn into a fake tree?” He then answered, “Because you have a ‘holy barrier’ protecting you and everything that you have.” Then my daughter saw it being applied to certain individuals. She had no idea what a “holy barrier” was (and neither did I). When asked what it looked like, she said it appeared as a thin, gold, sparkly, sheet-like thing that laid on and covered a person.
Looking back on that day, I can’t help to think about where the world is currently, specifically pertaining to the infamous coronavirus. Like many others, my heart and mind goes to the divine promise given to us in Psalm 91:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the [a]fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
This chapter of the Bible is one of the most powerful portions of scripture pertaining to the protection of God’s children, who confidently seek refuge in Him. It is important that we grasp onto the first verse that says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.” You cannot dwell in two places at once, meaning, you can either dwell in the Secret Place of the Almighty, or you can dwell in fear. If you dwell in fear, you voluntarily remove yourself from divine shelter, making yourself vulnerable.
Let’s talk about fear for a moment and why it works against us. Not only does fear weaken the immune system, but God says in His Word that He did not give us a spirit of fear; therefore, if that attribute doesn’t come from God, who exactly is it coming from? Since the enemy prowls the earth like a lion, seeking whom he can devour, one of the ways he tempts us is with fear. Did you know that fear is actually a tool and a weapon? Fear is a weakening tool and a weapon of destruction. When used as a tool, it paralyzes, confuses and debilitates its prey. Once the tool has been successfully put to use, all shields and guards have been disabled. After the disabling, fear is then used as a weapon to kill. Always to kill. To kill your faith, hope, mental state, expectations, dreams, goals, vision, destiny, calling, purpose, and in the end…to kill you! God says that He has given all humanity a measure of faith, but without its utilization, it’s impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6), and fear is the greatest opponent to faith.
Remember when the plague of death came to Egypt when Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites from slavery? It’s crucial not to forget that anyone who had lamb’s blood across their doorpost was left unscathed from the plague. We have the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, therefore, we must apply it to our lives, family, and home. Believe this is true because again, without faith, it’s impossible to please Him. Jesus works with faith.
Should Christians fear the coronavirus? No. With that being said, use wisdom. Don’t go around licking doorknobs saying, “I’m safe by the blood!”, because you just might get the virus (or something else funky) with that foolishness! But with all jokes aside, use proper hygiene and precautions; wash your hands, keep them away from our face, and etc.
On another note, I think it was a wise decision for Vice President Mike Pence to be assigned to the Coronavirus Team, as he is well known to be a praying man. The image below shows the governmental team bringing the coronavirus to the Throne of God. This is how every situation needs to be dealt with—whether personal or non-personal.
Prayer is one of the most powerful and effective tools a believer possesses, especially within masses. Therefore, please lift this situation up in prayer daily, for it to diminish in Jesus’ name, as well as praying for the recovery of those who’ve contracted the virus and for the families who’ve lost loved ones by it.