Daily Devotional: Psalms 60:6-12
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary: "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Succoth. 7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter. 8 Moab is my washbasin, upon Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph." 9 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? 11 Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. 12 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
As we face unprecedented times in our nation with the spread of a deadly virus, we can join the world in panic or we can put our faith in God. Why do these things happen? Is there a meaning to all of this or just caused by random chance? We cannot speak for God so we don’t know if he is allowing this as a call to our nation for repentance or even as punishment. We do know that he used diseases in the past to punish or warn so it is a possibility he is doing so now.
We cannot speak for God on this matter or answer for anyone else. What we can do is examine ourselves and see if we are as devoted to him and as trusting in him as he would have us be. While we use common sense he has given and practice hygiene, we can trust him to stop the spread of the disease. If this slows down our goings, we can use our time to study his word more and pray more.
Another aspect of this is that we are open to more opportunities to help others, sharing with those in need. It may be literal helping hands or it may be buying and sharing food or other items for someone. We can use this to draw closer to God.
Heavenly Father I am thankful that you are in control of all things. I know you have power over disease and death so I ask you to bring this virus spread to a rapid end if it is your will. Even more, I ask you to help me use this as a means of showing my love for others as I look for opportunities to help and to serve them. Help me shun sin and realize that it is a more deadly disease than any virus the world has known. Continue to wash my hands, my will, my heart and all my life with the cleansing blood of Jesus. I humbly pray in his holy name.