It’s hard not to draw some kind of parallel between what’s happening with the Coronavirus and what we read in Deuteronomy 28.
It’s difficult to read in the Bible about the curses of disobedience – plagues, ruin, captivity and disease. Then there is the most horrible curse where they were eating their children so they wouldn’t starve. Unbelievable!
We think that this couldn’t happen today except – it is. We continue to hear of current situations where parents are cruel and unfeeling – and their children suffer and die. Babies are legally killed every day. Nastiness, violence and slavery are not things of the past. It’s happening today in the communities where we live.
And now we have the Coronavirus. Is it a modern-day plague? God often used plagues in the Old Testament as a form of punishment for disobedience and he also used them to get the attention of his people when they had wandered too far away from him.
Have we wandered too far away?
God knows that each step we take away from him leaves Satan more room to move. As our distance from God grows, so does evil. Satan whispers in our ears the same lie he told the Israelites, “You’ll be okay, go ahead and do whatever you want to do.”
Have you seen the movie, “The Shack”? Awesome movie – just make sure you have a bunch of tissues handy when you watch it. It was really interesting to see that God was portrayed as female at the beginning of the movie and later he was a male because he said the main character of the movie needed a father at that time. One conversation the main character had with God is now seared into my brain. The main character asked God why she punished people. And she said, ” I don’t need to punish anyone. The consequences of your sins are punishment enough.”
As believers, we live under the New Covenant of grace so I don’t believe God punishes us for our sins any longer. But as our perfect Father, he lets us pay the consequences of our sins and the sins of others while he walks with us through those experiences, teaching us and guiding us.
We punish ourselves when we disobey and wander away from God. The consequences of our bad choices are often painful and long lasting.
Do you and I think we can do whatever we want and still be okay?
It’s a lie.
Please fill our minds with your truth, Abba Father.