Job And His Friends, Chromolithograph – From A Home Bible, 1870
Reading about Job a few days ago was kinda timely. Providential.
“Adversity so quickly exposes fault lines in human nature…without Christ, we are merely victims, but in Him we become victors. ”
Prayers of the Bible by Gordon J. Keddie
When Job was hit with calamity upon calamity, he didn’t respond with “Why me?” I don’t usually respond with “Why me?” either, but I do respond with “Woe is me”. I do respond with worry instead of trust.
The best verse I read was what Job said to his wife: “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” – Job 2:10
Yesterday I was reading Prayers of the Bible by Gordon J. Keddie and this verse from Nehemiah struck me as being applicable to our situation today in light of the coronavirus.
But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. – Nehemiah 4:9
The men in Nehemiah weren’t battling a disease, but I think the idea here can apply to our world right now. We need to pray and to keep on working. I read two articles this week that were written in this same vein. One was this article in which C.S. Lewis expressed his thoughts on the atomic bomb. Replace the bomb with coronavirus and it’s a lot of common sense, especially for Christians.
These words from Martin Luther are full of wisdom: ““I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.” You can read more HERE