Many cling onto Psalm 91, believing that it grants believers "immunity" from a virus that afflicts all races, religions and social classes. That is just wishful thinking.
Notice that the psalm preceding Psalm 91 tells us how frail we are and how transient our life on earth is:
- We are like the grass that flourishes in the morning but withers away in the evening (Psalm 90: 5-6)
- Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away (Psalm 90: 10).
- 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.’ (Matthew 4:5-7)
- “Act like people with good sense and not like fools. These are evil times, so make every minute count. Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life” (Ephesians 5:15-18)
- “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21: 34-36).
Faith need not clash with medicine/science. In fact, they are friends. Long before the study of Microbiology, scripture has already instructed man to observe sanitary measures for his well-being ... even before the discovery of germs and invention of the microscope.
- “And make sure that you have a small shovel in your equipment. When you go out to the toilet area, use the shovel to dig a hole. Then, after you relieve yourself, bury the waste in the hole” (Deuteronomy 23:13).
Faith teaches us not to fear but trust God. Yes, now is the time not to cower in fear. But it is also not the time to be foolhardy and neglect measures to safeguard our health like staying home, social distancing and frequent hand washing.
Apart from telling us not to fear, the apostle Paul reminded us that God has given us a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). But sometimes the line between fearlessness and foolhardiness can be razor thin. https://bit.ly/39DZmjt
Some believers advocate meeting as usual, not neglecting fellowship (Hebrews 10: 25). They insist there are instances when we ought to defy the law, citing Peter’s example that “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5: 29). In fact, some have become so outspoken about their views that they begin deriding other ‘play it safe’ believers who choose to stay home and “meet” using technology like Zoom.
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