The most significant impact of COVID-19 is the grinding halt of our previous lives. We were a people on the go, filling our days with what seemed like endless activities and appointments. Now people are home, either working, teaching their kids or just spending time together. One question that is asked frequently is “where is God in this?” Did He let this happen or why did He let it happen?
Our current situation made me think of the Old Testament story of Elijah. tells of a time when God was going to pass by Elijah (God was going to reveal Himself to Elijah). There was an earthquake, windstorm and fire, but the Bible says God wasn’t in them. I wonder if God was in those events but couldn’t be heard because of all the distractions. Then came silence and a still small voice, and Elijah heard God speaking. The earthquake, wind and fire remind me of our former “normal” lives. Lives so chaotic, busy and noisy that we could not hear God’s voice. Now, with the social distancing and stay at home requirements, there is a quietness that allows us to hear God’s voice. I pray we don’t miss this opportunity to listen and grow closer to God.
I don’t know if God caused this situation to get our attention. says “be still and know that I am God.” Maybe we’ve been given a heavenly a-hem. This pandemic has given us all the chance to be still. Let’s not waste it.
11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. (ESV)
46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah (ESV)