I write this with the world facing up to the impact of the coronavirus. It seems that every part of the world has now been impacted by this virus to some extent. The infection appears to have originated in a “wet market” in Wuhan province in China which sold both living and dead animals, birds and fish. Over 110,000 people have been infected and over 3,800 have died so far around the world. There is presently no vaccine.
Shock, panic, fear and bewilderment have been some of the responses to this outbreak. These are fully understandable given the uncertainties that prevail at the present time concerning the impact of the virus.
I want to set the coronavirus outbreak in the context of the history of our human race and this planet, earth, which we call home. I want to assert that we should not be shocked by destructive occurrences such as the coronavirus. Rather we should be shocked by the many enjoyments that we are able to enjoy in our lives. Why do I say that?
We are a created race. We are created by the Lord God who made the heavens and the earth. He has determined that we are to dwell on this earth. Every arrangement of the planet was made, in the goodness of God, so as for us to enjoy and prosper our inhabiting this domain. Alas, we, in the form of our original parents rejected the way of our creator God. Worse that that we rejected God Himself. Rather than enjoy His friendship and fellowship we walked out on Him; we “kicked Him in the teeth”; we gave Him a V sign; we decided we would fare better without Him. Sin entered the world and it was calamitous. Consequent upon the fall into sin was the declaration of curse.
We, as the tenants of this planet, told God, the landlord, we that we hated Him and that we did not want His rule. And, as might be expected of any sensible landlord, God took steps to respond to such unruly tenants who would not only damage His property, but damage themselves by their refusal to stick to the terms of the tenancy.
Consequent upon our sin has came the judgement of God. God has come to properly reward us for our infidelity. The tranquillity of the Garden of Eden has been shattered. Now disruption death and calamity appropriately pertain.
In such a context the prevalence of calamities whether they be earthquakes, volcanoes, viruses, diseases, droughts, floods, terrorism, famine or genocide should not surprise us. We are in a fallen world which in under the curse of God.
It is rather that we should be overwhelmed by every mercy that we receive from God. Every bit of good health, every happy experience, every enjoyment of good food should lead us to be overwhelmingly thankful to the Lord for His beneficence to such disrespectful tenants as ourselves. In fact every breath we take should lead us to be thankful.
I do not know how the coronavirus outbreak might develop. But I do know that it is incredible that we have not seen more of the like of these occurrences over the years, given the tragic circumstances we exist in consequent upon the fall of mankind.