(Photo from Stacia Fisher)
Sadly we are living in a time of fear. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you have heard about COVID-19 and the trouble the world is having in controlling its spread across the globe. More importantly, you might have also noted people's general tendencies when reacting to this outbreak. As a human race, we are primal and reactionary in our ability to cope with things outside of our control. A tendency that is highlighted in this day and age by the ever growing list of activities, events and programs that are being canceled and banned on a daily basis. All in the name of caution and prevention... but not wisdom.
Wisdom is not the same as caution. It's not the same as prevention. Wisdom is fear. Fear of the Lord and submission to His ways. (Proverbs 1:7)
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
In light of this, I caution you to pray before you react. Pray that others also would be shown wisdom before they start making decisions that will effect so many. Pray that we, as a nation, will have the wisdom to navigate this uncertain time. Because currently, from my point of view, we are doing anything but. I am not a doctor and cannot talk the intricacies of this virus, but you can look up what actual medical journals and doctors have to say about COVID-19. What they are saying is, however, vastly controversial to how we as a nation are reacting. 1% of all who are infected end up dying from COVID-19, with the vast percentage of those being the elderly (>80).
Surprisingly, we are giving this thing way more credit then a 1% mortality rate virus. We are crashing the economy and placing ourselves in isolation in reaction to something that will kill less people this year then car accidents.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT