Who wouldn’t be!
For several months, Mary and I have been looking forward to our trip to Los Angeles. Back then, no Coronavirus.
But we fly Southwest tonight from Denver International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport. Flying against advice to avoid crowds!
Our main objective, besides being with Mary’s family, is to go see Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” played by the L.A. Philharmonic this Saturday night. This was on my wife’s “bucket list.” Yes, but who’s eager to hasten kicking it!
Well, so far not much seemed threatening in the United States, so let’s go.
Yet just minutes ago, I saw a new Drudge Report headline announcing that a South Korean flight attendant who flew several flights out of LAX is infected with the Coronavirus! How many people got off in Los Angeles from the South Korean flights she flew in on!
Lousy timing! But who wants to cancel plane tickets and lose the cost of the concert tickets!
The 4th Horseman of the Apocalypse
represents disease that invariably follows the 2nd Horseman (war) and the 3rd Horseman (famine). This Coronavirus doesn’t seem connected to war and famine.
When the 4 Horsemen are through riding, Revelation says 1/4 of the earth will be dead. 1.8 to 2 billion victims! Obviously some huge pandemic or several of them will saddle up before the end.
We can’t blame people in Europe back in A.D. 1347 to 1350 for thinking that they had reached the end-times. The Black Death had no cure and was highly contagious. An estimated 75 to 200 million in Eurasia died. This plague likely started in Asia and followed the Silk Trail.
What Should We Do?
Be concerned but not fear. The Bible gives the solution to fear.
This is a good time to read Psalm 91 regularly, submit to God’s sovereignty over our lives, and claim His comforting promises.
♦ God is “my place of safety” (v. 2, New Living Translation throughout).
♦ He will “protect you from deadly disease” (v. 3)
♦ “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day” (v. 4)
♦ “Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness” (v. 6)
♦ “Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you” (v. 7)
♦ “No evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go” (vs. 10-11)
♦ “I will protect those who trust in my name” (v. 14).
We can believe these amazing, comforting promises of God!
The Coronavirus? Let’s Psalm 91 it!