5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 5:5-8
After 8 weeks of living by a conscious decision to “Stay at Home,” our pet had a post-surgical appointment at the Vet for which I finally had to leave my home and step outside. My feelings of ambivalence were justified in the fact that just as in the days of Noah when people did not heed God’s warning, I witnessed countless individuals not practicing Social Distancing nor wearing face coverings.
From the limited protection of staying in my vehicle with the air conditioning set to recirculate the air, my level of discomfort remained. Even with using the highest precautions, I do not possess an N-95 Respirator Mask. And being fully aware of the Chain of Disease Transmission, and the pathophysiology and virulence of diseases caused by viruses, the necessity of leaving my home went against all of the medical knowledge and nursing training that I possess. This was one of the first non-prudent decisions regarding my health that I have made in many years. It is not fear that caused my discomfort, it is my hereditary diagnosis of being an asthmatic, and my advanced age that necessitates ongoing Stay-at-Home precautions.
Although homemade face coverings or surgical masks do not prevent the spread of COVID-19, with a face covering, at least the respiratory secretions from sneezes or cough are somewhat contained. It is the same concept as if you sneezed or coughed into your sleeve or another area of your clothing. In preparation for the unavoidable trip, I constructed my face covering with 3 layers of cotton fabric, the 2 inner layers (which are removable and are discarded) made from a medical-grade antimicrobial thick cotton that is typically used as a protective layer against bacterial organisms for post-surgical procedures. Notice that the inner layers only protect against bacterial invaders, not viral.
My suspicions of abject disregard for COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday as I witnessed life as usual in 2 rural towns and 1 larger city in our county. Yes, I understand that there are “only 52 cases” in a county with 9 municipalities. However, my outlook is not limited to the county in which I reside.
- April 17th: 661,712 cases and 33,049 deaths
- April 20th: 746,625 cases and 39,083 deaths…cdc.gov statistics for the United States
Every aspect of the Word of God should be applied to our practical way of life. The Bible provides us with the knowledge and guidance that we need to make viable choices that lead to positive outcomes. Studying and praying reaffirms that we are actively participating in our spiritual growth.
By possessing knowledge, wisdom, faith, and trust in God, we are empowered and able to live victoriously through Christ Jesus. Remembering that all of God’s promises are conditional, we take action by presenting our dilemmas to God in prayer and obediently wait until He provides His plans for us.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore take up the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground and having done everything to stand. Ephesians 6:11-13
We are living in a time that is comparable to the days of Noah. People are focused on money, loving sinful and pleasurable activities, bored, filled with hatred, possessing total disregard for the truth, and the refusal to comply with safety principles that ensure self-preservation. We are warned by scientists that a “New Normal” of safe guidelines are required to live in the age of an invisible viral enemy but to no avail.
Noah preached for 120 years, and it was only he and his family, and animals that entered the ark of safety. Make no mistake, Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled. God has given those that are faithfully serving Him the time to make their choice to continue to live a life of righteousness by faith.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these, He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:3-8
Stay at home is a blessing for those who are preparing for Eternal life. We do not possess the mindset that we are bored or that our life is mundane. Very soon, our earthly tribulations and troublesome times will increase. Without God, we will join the countless individuals who are now taking antianxiety and antidepressants to cope with their fear and state of hopelessness.
Yes, we knew the climatic and final event of Jesus’ Second Coming was eventually going to happen. But most of us were caught up in our daily routines of achieving personal goals. “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36
Never has any earthly event impacted our health, shut down our fail-proof economic systems, and produced pandemic level infections and deaths as the COVID-19 virus. Yet, the political focus is on the prevention of a total economic shutdown, and the restrictions have been modified to re-open and attempt to resume a former way of life.
Compared to the number of over 7.5 billion people in the world, very few have chosen the Plan of Salvation, which is living a life based on Righteousness by Faith. Without God, we cannot expect rational and logical mindsets. The coping mechanisms of many have shattered as they rebel against any further interventions to contain this global disease.
For Believers only, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Life with God gives us peace as we anticipate the greatest event known to humanity, the Coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020