March 2020 – The Month They Shut Down the World

  No, believers do not sin in making sensible, reasonable preparations for difficult times, whether those times be a frozen winter ahead or times when they are unable to leave their homes to buy food because of social unrest and chaos.  In fact, it is a very good idea to always have such things stored up, for the world today is a very uncertain place and (as has been demonstrated so clearly in the past couple of weeks) it can change overnight.  If you keep some stores on hand at all times, you will not be caught unprepared in times of social upheaval.

  Walk by faith in the Lord through these difficult times.  Hold on to the promises He has made.  He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).  Perhaps some of the Lord’s people will contract this virus, and die.  But even if you are one of those who contracts it, and dies from it, what is the language of the believer to be?  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).  Death for the Christian is simply the opening to greater life than ever before!  We do not live forever on this earth.  Believers die from plagues, sickness, heart attacks, cancer, brain tumours, drownings, car accidents, fires, influenza, and a whole host of other things.  We are not immune from these things, despite the nonsense often spewed out of the mouths of lying Charismatic preachers.  “The days of our years are threescore years and ten [as a general rule, to which there are many exceptions];and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psa. 90:10).  Labour and sorrow define our earthly pilgrimage.  What godly Jacob said of his lifespan is what all the Lord’s people can say: “few and evil have the days of the years of my life been” (Gen. 47:9).  Labour and sorrow! 

  Let us therefore live in the light of this Scripture: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).  Indeed they are, and not only because of some virus.  In fact, less so at this time than in many other far more evil times! – for this virus threatens so very few, comparatively.

  Whether we die peacefully in our beds, or die from any number of illnesses in old age, or die in youth in a tragic accident, all our times are in the hands of our sovereign Lord.  Therefore let us not live these few days on earth in sinful worry, either about very real dangers or ones which are only made out to be so by those who stir up fears and anxieties without any basis in fact.  At all times may you be able to say, “I am now ready to be offered” (2 Tim. 4:6); “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (v.7).  The missionary martyr Jim Elliot, who died as a young man from the spears of those he came to minister to, once wrote: “When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.”

  So there is a virus at loose in the world.  So what?  This fallen world is full of viruses, plagues, diseases, pestilences.  It has been this way for all of its 6000 years, ever since the Fall.  There’s nothing new in this.  What is all-important is that, “though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).  Give diligence to make your calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10).  This is all-important.  Life here is fleeting and uncertain; but eternity in heaven awaits each and every child of God.

March 2020

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ENDNOTES:

[1]. MIT Doctor with 4 Degrees Reveals Sinister Theory about Coronavirus, by Carmine Sabia, The Western Journal, March 17, 2020.  WND, March 19, 2020. www.wnd.com.

[2]. MIT Doctor with 4 Degrees Reveals Sinister Theory about Coronavirus, by Carmine Sabia, The Western Journal, March 17, 2020.  WND, March 19, 2020. www.wnd.com.

[3]. Why the Remedy May be Worse than the Disease, by Dennis Prager.  WND, March 20, 2020. www.wnd.com.

[4]. See You on the Other Side: Covid 19 Virus, by Frosty Wooldridge.  NewsWithViews.com, March 20, 2020.

[5]. Daily Maverick, 20 March 2020.  www.dailymaverick.co.za.

[6]. The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2020.  www.MIAtoday.com. Also, Watch China Expert’s Theory of “Repulsive” Way Coronavirus Got Loose, and DHS Official Won’t Rule Out that Coronavirus was Created in a Lab, both articles published by WND, February 25, 2020. www.wnd.com.

[7]. The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2020.  www.MIAtoday.com. 

[8]. The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2020.  www.MIAtoday.com. 

[9]. The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2020.  www.MIAtoday.com. 

[10]. France Goes Into Unprecedented Peacetime Lockdown as Coronavirus Spreads, 18 March 2020.  Reuters article published in The Daily Maverick, www.dailymaverick.co.za.

[11]. Why the Remedy May be Worse than the Disease, by Dennis Prager.  WND, March 20, 2020. www.wnd.com.

[12]. Corona-19: Religious Leaders Have Shown Support for National Effort – Cyril Ramaphosa.  www.politicsweb.co.za, 19 March 2020.

[13]. Covid-19: You Have Been Warned – Spread Fake News, and You Could Go to Jail.  Daily Maverick, 20 March 2020.  www.dailymaverick.co.za.

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