March 26, 2020
A Sure Cure
For weeks our government has instructed
us how to respond to the Coronavirus
pandemic: hand-washing, arm-coughing,
social distancing. And we should follow
But that’s not the answer. We need more.
It’s time we listen to God’s pandemic
instructions. Why? Our situation runs
deeper than germs. It's rooted in sin.
So, for a sure cure we must identify a
sure cause and heed God’s pandemic
Wise King Solomon requested pandemic
instructions and assistance from God:
“If there be …pestilence [lit. ‘any
epidemic disease with a high death
rate’] then hear thou from heaven … and
forgive” (2 Chr. 6:28, 30). The Bible
reveals three vital facts: who sends
pandemics, why they come, and how they
WHO SENDS PANDEMICS
responded to Solomon’s prayer by
revealing He personally controls if and
when pandemics touch His covenant
people: “If I send pestilence among my
people…” (2 Chr. 7:13; cf. Jn. 19:11).
So, God sometimes sends pandemics. To
harm us? No, just the opposite. He
yearns to bless us. But we must learn
this message: our holy God won’t
tolerate sin among His people! So, if He
sends pandemics it is only to teach us
this vital lesson and turn us back to
Him so He may restore His presence and
blessings among us.
WHY PANDEMICS COME
reveals seven causes of pandemics
(“plagues” or “pestilence”). They are:
(1) Rebellion against authority,
especially God’s appointed leaders (Num.
16:41-50); (2) Idolatry and immorality
(Num. 25:1-9); (3) Disobedience to God’s
Word (Deut. 28:58-61); (4) Pride,
especially in leaders (2 Sam. 24:1-25);
(5) Child sacrifice, today abortion
(Jer. 19:1-8); (6) Persistently
rejecting Jesus as Savior and Lord (Rev.
6:8; Matt. 24:7); and (7) Food lust
(gluttony) (Num. 11:33-34).
No small matter, pestilence is one of
God’s four signature judgments (Ezek.
14:21). And this Coronavirus is no
accident that aimlessly drifted our way
from Wuhan, China. It is a divine
judgment. Its cause is our stubborn
sins, those above and many others
(homosexuality, invalid divorce,
occultism, and so forth). And not just
unbelievers but Christians have
practiced these sins deliberately and
impenitently. So, as one Christian
leader put it, a “day of reckoning” has
now befallen us with this inescapable
pandemic. Has God acted hastily? Has He
forgotten to be gracious?
Just the opposite! We have allowed an
epidemic far more deadly and contagious
than Coronavirus to spread unchecked
through our churches for decades: the
sin virus! Christians have increasingly
adopted biblically forbidden behaviors
as acceptable while many leaders have
agreed or looked the other way.
Consequently, the church in this nation
is deathly ill. Christ’s holy body of
believers has become deeply infected
with unholy views and behaviors. Yet God
has been very forbearing, twice sparing
us from deadly pandemics. In 2003, the
Avian flu, though threatening, never
morphed into the raging global pandemic
many health officials feared. And in
2008, the super-deadly Ebola virus,
which killed many in Africa, only
infected a handful of US citizens. (He
also graciously saw us through two great
crises, the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001 and the near collapse
of our banking system in September 2008,
both of which could have been
Now, however, the time and situation are
drastically different. The “space to
repent” Christ has allotted has run out.
Like Balaam, we’ve gone on in deliberate
sins so long we’ve reached a place where
we cannot turn to the left or right and
the Angel of the Lord stands before us
with drawn sword. When the previous
viruses threatened us, we paid little
attention because they killed only a
few. So, we did not change our ways. Now
our public has become far more pagan and
churches much more lukewarm. And the
time is up. God is calling us to
account. This time there will be no easy
escape followed by a return to our
sinful status quo.
HOW PANDEMICS CEASE
Scriptures reveal a sure cure: “If my
people, who are called by my name, shall
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
face, and turn from their wicked ways…”
(2 Chronicles 7:14). Today “my people”
called by “my name” speaks of not ethnic
Jews but born-again Christians. We must
acknowledge our own “wicked” ways and
turn from them to God. We must “pray”
for His mercies in the midst of His
judgment, as Habakkuk did (Hab. 3:2).
This requires us to “humble ourselves”
instead of calling unbelievers to do so.
And we must urgently “seek my face,”
desiring to know God and seek His favor
by childlike trust and obedience and
open-hearted worship. Not meeting these
conditions has brought this pestilence;
meeting them will cause it to go.
we meet God’s conditions He promises to
“heal” the very “pestilence” He has sent
among us: “Then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will
heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). So,
life and death are before us, but no
third option. Our “space to repent” has
expired. We cannot go farther in sin.
Though His sword is drawn, the Angel of
the Lord is pleading for us to turn. And
this donkey is speaking His message! Our
future is now wholly in our hands.
reject God’s plea, this pandemic may
well become a catastrophe. If we
repent⸺and, yes, this is a call for
born-again, Bible-believing Christians
throughout this nation to change their
ways⸺God will send a cure. A sure cure.
sovereignly turn back the rapid
community spread of the Coronavirus. Or
He may enable our scientists to rapidly
discover antibodies and manufacture
vaccines. Or He may release a new wave
of divine healing through a cleansed,
repentant church that “heals” our land.
But make no mistake: whatever method He
chooses, His cure will be sure. If we
Now we’ve heard our government’s
pandemic instructions and we’ve heard
God’s. One is natural, the other
spiritual. One is human, the other
divine. One is superficial, the other
fundamental. One is uncertain, the other
sure. We’ve responded to our government.
Let’s respond to our God and expectantly
watch for His sure cure.