God Did Not Bring CoronaVirus or Any Other Calamity!
Grace and Peace to those who choose to read this.
The first two words are attributes of God that are on display each and every day during the dispensation of the grace of God. God gives grace and peace, both of which are made possible through the work of Christ and they can be found in your life through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Godhead dwells in you and you dwell in the Godhead, if you have trusted in the faith of Christ.
With that in mind, we want to look at the issue of suffering and life in general.
The very first thing we need to know and understand is how to study the Bible. If we do not know how to, then we will take verses, promises and curses, given to Israel and apply them to us today. When we study the Bible according to the pattern God gives us, we find the books of Romans through Philemon are written specifically to us and about us. That does not discount the rest of the scriptures, as they are written for our learning. We can read the rest of the scriptures to find what God has promised to the nation of Israel and see Him fulfill those promises over and over. We learn about God’s faithfulness to Himself and His word. We can also read the rest of the scriptures to find how God would curse the nation of Israel and see Him fulfill those promises over and over. Again, He is faithful to the Godhead, and His word.
Therefore, we need to find what God is doing today, in the dispensation of the grace of God. God’s will has been revealed to us in the scriptures. He wants all men to be saved and then come to the knowledge of the truth. If we want to be in His will, that is what we should be doing. There is no “secret” will of God that we just do not know yet, He has revealed all of it to us.
1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
If God has given us His “hidden wisdom”, then what else could He reveal?
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2:10
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
If God has revealed unto us the things which He hath prepared for us, then what do we lack?
Many times when some suffering, calamity, or problems show up in our lives, we are quick to say, “God has some purpose behind this.” “I just have to walk by faith because He is trying to get my/our attention.”
If you were walking by faith, then you would understand the previous verses and not think that God has something special for you. One thing we need to remember is that the Bible was written for man. It is the way in which God communicates to man. He does not communicate to us through signs, circumstances, or problems. The word of God is the issue. Read the Bible. Pauls tells us that we would know his understanding of the mystery if we simply read.
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Instead, many of us are looking for God out in the world. We need to know that we live in a sin-cursed, sin-sick world. The reason natural disasters happen, the reason viruses happen, and the reason car wrecks happen is because of one of three or a combination of three things.
Natural Consequences because we live in a sin-cursed world.
Decisions of others because they can and will make bad decisions.
Decisions we make because we can and will make bad decisions.
The way we are to deal with each of them is to look to God’s word. The Holy Spirit does not work apart from God’s word and He does not operate with our ignorance of the word, but rather through knowing the word of God.
If we allow God’s word to dwell in us richly, so that it may work effectually in us that believe, then we will know how to handle problems in life. A one liner from your favorite pastor will not help you through life; only the word of God, for it is the word of God that worketh in us to will and to do His good pleasure.
What about 2 Chronicles 7:14?
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Notice the first three words, “IF MY PEOPLE”
Who are God’s people?
Look at the context.
2 Chronicles 7:10
And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
Since you and I are not part of the nation of Israel, then we can not claim that verse. We are not spiritual Israel as some assert, because that is not found in the scriptures.
This passage is dealing with the Nation of Israel and their confessing of their national sins. We see this verse being fulfilled in the book of Daniel.
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
You and I are members of the Body of Christ and we are not called to confess sins to God for ourselves or all of us. We are completely and totally forgiven of all sins; past, present, and future.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
There is no sin left in our lives for God to punish us for. If you do not understand that or believe that, then that begs the question, “How many of your sins did Christ pay for?”
The verse says ALL of them. Religion says only the ones you’ve committed before you got saved, then you must keep a short account system with God. That is just not so.
Do you believe the verse?
I know what some will say, “What about 1 John 1:9?”
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This verse is talking to unsaved people during the 70th week of Daniel, otherwise known as the tribulation period (The Time of Jacob’s Trouble). This is the message that the Little Flock will preach during that time. This verse is not talking to saved individuals.
Notice verse 5,
1 John 1:5
This then is the message which we (Little Flock) have heard of him, and declare unto you (Unsaved Person), that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Understanding what is written to you and what is written for your learning, then the scriptures open up and make so much more sense.
God has not left us here without any information. He just wants us to get into the book and let the book get into us. When we do, problems in life are not as overwhelming as they may seem.
Just imagine how the unsaved react to things without knowing this information. That is what you see going on right before your eyes. As members of the Body of Christ, we should not be acting like the rest of the world. We should rest in what Christ has done for us.
Grace and Peace,
Complete in Him