What is God saying through Coronavirus?

The email landed in my inbox the other day.  It was another invitation to attend a Zoom Meeting.  This one looked really interesting, it was more than an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues.  This invitation was to engage in a discussion about “What is God saying to the Church through Coronavirus.”

I suppose it caught my attention because, like many people, I am struggling to navigate my way through these uncharted waters.  I am not laying the blame for coronavirus at God’s door but, I do want to make sense of the what, why and how of our current situation.  I want to know the answer to the question, where do we go from here?  My intention at this meeting was not to contribute but, to listen.  I want – I need answers. 

Being honest, if I was asked the question “what is God saying to the Church through Coronavirus”, my answer would be “I haven’t got a clue”.  I feel, when it comes to this question, I have absolutely nothing to offer.  I admire those ministers and Churches who have risen to the challenge of our current national situation and have created an online presence and are reaching untold numbers throughout the world. 

I equally admire those Churches who, despite their limitations, have gone the extra mile in reaching out to their communities.  They have shown incredible creativity and resource in doing what they can.

In the fellowship I am privileged to be part of, I am deeply grateful to those who have put together worship and helped us to keep in touch with one another, you are really helping us to;

Sing the Lords song in a strange land

(Psalm 137 vs. 4)

What is God saying to the Church through Coronavirus?  Honestly, I don’t know.

I checked my diary, it is surprisingly empty these days.  I discovered that the days the Zoom meetings were to take place on, I had appointments – typical! 

It was during last night that I woke up and, in my frustration, I turned to God in prayer – in fact, I let God have it with both barrels!

I awoke this morning feeling so much better and also with a fresh insight.  I cannot answer the question “what is God saying to the Church” because, it would take the Church to explore it.  What I can do is share what God is saying to me through Coronavirus in the hope that may help spark discussion.

So, here is my intention. I intend, over the coming few blogs, to share some reflections on what, I believe, God is saying to me at this time. I hope it may inspire you to think about what God is saying to you and, together, we can discover what God is saying to the Church through Coronavirus.

3 thoughts on “What is God saying through Coronavirus?

  1. Thanks Sean. This is.my question as well. Early yesterday morning while thinking about this a thought or a voice came into my head “John 2.4” After reading it I still cannot understand what God is saying to me.

  2. One thing God is saying to me at the moment is don’t be afraid. In fact He keeps saying it! In the Bible verses that I have on my windowsill, in the Spring Harvest sessions that we watched on YouTube.
    I don’t understand why God allows all this suffering and in this life I don’t suppose I ever will. All I can do is trust God, because He is in control, He sees ‘the whole picture’ we don’t, and pray for those who are suffering and especially for those all over the world who are researching vaccines and treatment for this virus.

  3. Hi Sean
    Many thanks for your thoughts. I think the need to theologically reflect upon the current situation is really important.
    Various thoughts have occurred to me, which I have often found other believing friends to have been thinking as well: the opportunities opened up to share the gospel with those who are being compelled to reflect upon the bigger questions of life in light of the circumstances (I would use the word ‘repentance’ – turning to the Lord – but I think much of our nation is sadly further back than that, so just asking the questions is a start); the opportunities to offer online ministry, often viewed by folk who might ordinarily be reluctant to cross the threshold of the church’s main door; helping us to appreciate so much which we have taken for granted – healthcare on demand, all those in low paid jobs who nonetheless carry out vital tasks, the freedom to meet together for worship (I have been emphasising, in particular, how our current situation can help us stand in deeper solidarity with our persecuted brothers & sisters for whom this is their normal experience); signs of common grace at work in our communities, etc. Last, but not least, our town centre ecumenical ministers’ group had already decided to meet more frequently – monthly – but now we’re meeting fortnightly on Zoom – it’s a real blessing to be able to share in fellowship, discussion and prayer even more frequently!
    In Christ
    Pete

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