The Corona virus is a global menace right now; when this latest virus attack on humanity is over, it would have sadly hurt many families, businesses, and governments. Perhaps, like me, you are wondering why humanity have to pass through such terrifying experiences. Perhaps, you are asking who is to blame for this?
John 9:1-3 (NLT) states: As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man… blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him…”
This event happened in Jerusalem; reading the entire John 9, it is shown that Jesus heals the blind man, this greatly amazed the local community, but very deeply angers the Jewish leaders, determined to stop Jesus. This helps us understand Jesus explanation that the man was born blind to serve God’s greater purpose.
The theme of some types of suffering and pain (not all), serves God’s greater purpose starts in Genesis Chapter 3. Adam and Eve chose to live independently from their creator, consequently God declares that part of the price for that choice, is pain during childbirth, and the painful struggle to work and put food on the table.
God the creator allows all humanity, white and black, rich and poor, to experience some suffering and pain, as this is one way to get us all to reflect about life, death, and eternity. Yes, God speaks to us through the many beautiful and joyful things on earth, and yes, God also speaks through some of our painful experiences.
As COVID-19 make us prioritize our physical health over all else, may it make us think a little more deeply about the gift of life, the bridge of death, the glory of eternity, and the persistent purposeful call of God to us to walk with him.
Lord, be merciful to us in your loving kindness, Amen!