I’m sure you’ve seen some form of this message going around:
“Sorry to break up the panic, but the Coronavirus will not take anyone out of this world unless that’s the good Lord’s plan for you, and you’re not gonna change that no matter what you do or what you buy.”
Let me ask some very simple questions: Do you think that God’s plan was for Abel to die? Do you think that if God was such a micro-manager as to determine everything about your life and death that He would have established any of the 10 Commandments, let alone “Thou shalt not kill”?
We are so eager to want God to acknowledge us that we are quick to say “God has a plan specifically for me”, when in reality the Bible doesn’t say that. It affirms that He has plans for specific people, and then a general plan for all His people. There is a huge difference between:
“Moses, you’re going to lead these people to the Promised Land” and “Israel, my plan for you is to just follow my commandments and Moses, do that and everything will be hunky-dory. Through you, all I’ll be able to show the world that I am the only God of this world”. All that is required, is the majority can manifest God’s desires.
Yeah, I know, that sounds kind of prideful of God. It’s not, His Will is that humanity lives righteously, and for that to really take off He has to be at the center of it…lest we fall prey to the darker side of our flesh. But that’s for another discussion.
In either case, it also means that God allows for us to make our own decisions. Maybe there are some people He will protect, maybe there are some that He will decide needs to die, but overwhelmingly the thing that keeps coming to my mind when I see this kind of sentiment is: Didn’t Christ already address this? Something about not tempting the Lord? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what he said:
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and,‘In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
God gives us free will. God gives us an opportunity to follow Him, and by doing so He will see to it that everything works together for your good, in both this world and the next. But don’t be so arrogant as to think that God planned out whether you’ll fall prey to this virus or any future calamity. If he intervened on every little thing, then His gift of Free Will would mean nothing- and neither would your decision to follow Him.