Yesterday, I left my home for the first time in 3 weeks for a necessary trip to the grocery store. As I sat and watched the total disregard for social distancing, I felt saddened by the over-confidence and assurance that many individuals possess.
The parking lot was filled to capacity, if I had to make a guess, I would venture to say there were 100+ cars with 1-3 occupants entering the store. The flow of incoming customers was twice the number of those leaving with shopping carts filled to the brim. My decision to stay in my vehicle for safety reasons superseded my shopping list of necessities, and I declined to enter a store packed to capacity.
Someone needs to rethink this, why have we failed to restrict the number of customers who can enter the grocery stores? The COVID-19 virus is airborne and travels whether the area is spacious or confined. We inhale the air regardless of our movement or lack of movement, whether we are sitting or moving around.
With the focus to lessen COVID-19’s impact on the economy, we continue to compromise and institute passive and ineffective measures. It is time to re-evaluate our current measures. The virus continues to proliferate, diagnosed cases have doubled, and the death toll rises. The choice to ignore the viciousness of COVID-19 is reflected by the individuals who have total disregard for the advice of qualified Health Care professionals. From our nation’s leaders to those who value the concept of “Money Matters,” they are focusing on the economy instead of the value of human life and stepping up the measures that are needed to effectively contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Additional hazards exist from the many undiagnosed persons who ignore symptoms and refuse to seek medical evaluation. They rationalize that they could not possibly have the coronavirus and venture out of their homes, exposing others without remorse. The second category of people blasting on Facebook is those who feel their civil rights have been violated, and extend invitations to their social circles to engage in secretive, private social functions in their homes.
Overconfidence in one’s self is a deadly character trait. When we are filled with pride need nothing, including knowledge and wisdom, then we exclude God. Because we refuse to humble ourselves and obey, we perceive false teachings to be accurate, and we make counterproductive decisions. An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15
The Word of God admonishes us to seek the truth. Our life experience and education can only take us so far on this earthly journey. We must accept the limitation that all of humanity has in common, we can only think with finite minds.
At the dawning of each new day, we can’t know the challenges that we will face. By daily committing our plans to God and patiently waiting for His blessing, we receive the assurance that His plan for our lives is without fail. Circumstances change quickly; planning for tomorrow did not include a deadly virus that continues to infiltrate our communities on a global level. Even so, the great and Omnipotent “I Am” was fully aware that the COVID-19 virus would devastate our world.
Never forget that God is in control. Nothing happens in our lives and on this earth without God’s permission. As Believers, when we look through spiritual eyes and witness the abject wickedness that exists, we acknowledge that we are no different than the antediluvians that were destroyed by the flood or Sodom and Gomorrah which was destroyed by fire.
Fear and Greed are dominating the majority of our societies; people are hoarding without a single thought for others. The Dow has slid 700 points as the coronavirus continues to spread. These are the typical reactions from people that trust in their own abilities.
Our earth, as we know, is coming to an end. We are living in the last days, and Bible prophecy is being fulfilled. It is an individual decision to accept the Word of God and to faithfully trust that God will care for us.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6
We cannot pretend that we trust in God with our entire being if we do not. Faith and trust are not two lines in the middle dividing the Road of Righteousness. Faith says yes, I believe in God without doubt, and trust allows us to put our life in His hands. God is our driver, and we are the passengers in the vehicle destined for Eternal life.
We must take a stand during this tumultuous time in history. Either we will serve God faithfully with our every breath, or we will falter and possess discontent and unrest as we continue to use our own resources. Do not be deceived! Without fail, pray for guidance. Adhere to the guidelines of the CDC and WHO regardless of your financial circumstances. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34
Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
Love God, Love Others, Love yourself!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz RN