100+ Positive Lessons of Coronavirus for Citizens of 2 Kingdoms

Are you sick of the negativity? I sure am.
How now shall we live?
Let’s try to find life in light of the many positive lessons to learn from the horrible coronavirus pandemic.

For starters, let’s just acknowledge that God could have stopped the coronavirus from ever infecting anyone. But He didn’t. The real amazing part will be…. why?

“You intended to harm me,
but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done,
the saving of many lives.”
(Genesis 50:20)

I have no idea how this will all work out.
But one thing I do know: God is in the redemption business.
He redeems bad things for eternally good outcomes.
The coronavirus, or rather its function as domestic terrorism, is no exception.

Plenty of people want to minimize the coronavirus to no worse than a seasonal flu and in doing so, unintentionally promote a false sense of security. Others want to maximize it to the end of the world as we know it to instill panic. Both are extremes failing to align with reality.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: It is serious. Reality is coronavirus was an uncontained pathogen that has claimed more human lives than 9/11 (2977), more than the total casualties of Pearl Harbor (2500), and the atom bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima (105,000) combined. At the time of this writing, the worldwide death count is 265,366 and the American death count is 74,809.

If this virus had been a bomb, it would have been the mother of all bombs,
dropped in an unprovoked surprise attack, an act of war on the entire world.

While we still don’t know if the Communist Chinese intended to inflict harm, engaged in clandestine self-preservation, or it was merely a terrible accident that spun out of control and in a shame based culture, the Communist Chinese leadership didn’t want to admit it, what our adversary Satan would desire is to steal, kill, and destroy…everyone!

To divide and conquer. To put this world firmly under our adversary’s evil control.

Let’s not let the accuser win. Let’s look for the lessons God might want us to learn as the down payment on His redemption of this tragic event. There are positive lessons for the world, for our nation, for communities, for churches and businesses, and for individuals.

First principles as a foundation:

  1. God can take human evil and turn it for humanity’s good, if we are willing to see and learn.
  2. Not all people are good people.  Some are evil.
  3. Faith/trust are only as good as the person or entity in which we are placing our trust.
  4. Fear is easier than faith. 
  5. Emotional decisions often lead to bad places and preventing panic requires controlling fear.
  6. Facts are only as good as the providers of them.
  7. You are what you read.
  8. Not all people prefer or speak the truth.
  9. Hindsight is 20/20.  Decision-making in the unfolding timeline or fog of war is rarely clear.
  10. Not all wars are fought with guns.
  11. Change is always happening.
  12. Life is valuable, irrespective of age or nationality.
  13. People matter more than money.
  14. It’s easier to give up freedom than to get it.
  15. Hope looks forward.  Blame looks backward.
  16. Fixing complex problems is rarely simple—it requires ongoing reassessment.
  17. The impatient person rarely wins over the prudent person.
  18. Proper prior planning protects against poor performance.
  19. God is not confined to a building or a temple.
  20. The Gospel can use modern tools without compromising the Truth.

To be continued…

Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on May 7, 2020

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