What Might God Be Doing with the Coronavirus?

Editor’s note: This post is adapted from an email that Byron Paulus recently sent to the staff of Life Action Ministries (our parent organization).

We may not know what God is doing with the coronavirus, but we know He can be trusted. John Piper said it this way: “God is at work in the worst of times; He is at work doing a thousand things no one sees but Him.”

The Scriptures declare, 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa. 55:9)

Consider . . .

  1. What if Jesus is delighted that His prayer that His followers would be united is being answered? 
  1. What if His Church is finally becoming a “house of prayer”?
  1. What if these false gods are being stripped away from us? 
  • Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Money
  • Intellectualism
  • Government
  • Health 
  • Shopping 
  • Self-sufficiency
  1. What if God is teaching the Church how to give by selling our possessions and giving to the believers in need, as in the book of Acts?
  1. What if God is making us God-dependent instead of self-sufficient?
  1. What if God wants us to ask Him for our daily bread and learn the value of His faithful, last-minute provision?
  1. What if God wants us to learn to “be still” and get to know Him?
  1. What if God wants us to get to know and reach out to our next-door neighbors?
  1. What if God wants us to learn to use technology more effectively and efficiently to advance the kingdom?
  1. What if God wants us to learn to be content with what we have, or less? 
  1. What if God wants us to live in light of eternity?
  1. What if God wants us to model Christlikeness through sacrificial giving?
  1. What if God wants to use this to purify and make us holy, so He can demonstrate His power? 
  1. What if God wants us to be able to identify with the way most of the world lives all the time? 
  1. What if this is a precursor to a sweeping revival and spiritual awakening?

What do you think God might be doing? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.

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Byron Paulus

Byron Paulus

Byron Paulus is the President and Executive Director of Life Action Ministries, the parent ministry of Revive Our Hearts. Byron's three decades of experience in leadership with America's largest revival ministry, and his vision to see God send another spiritual awakening to our nation, have given him an opportunity to influence thousands through his various speaking, writing, and leadership endeavors. Byron and his wife, Sue, were married in 1973 and have raised three children, all of whom are active in ministry.

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