Corona Chronicles-True Confessions#36

Today’s trivia question – what do COVID-19 and the God of the universe have in common?

an impersonal virus  –  a very personal God

a virus of death  –  the God of life – actually the Author/Creator of all life

what could they possibly have in common?   give up?

It is this.  Both are no respecter of persons.  What does that phrase mean practically speaking?  It means neither discriminates or plays favorites, they are both about equal opportunity when it comes to bringing you death, in the case of COVID-19, or bringing you life, in the case of God.

We have seen that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate on the basis of gender, or economic status, or skin color or nationality or religion or fame/celebrity status etc.  People from all over the globe have suffered from this virus, the rich and the poor alike, the famous and the unknown, the prisoner and the free person, those of all faiths and those of no faith, those from every continent and every culture, all are fair game for the COVID-19.

But just as this agent of death doesn’t discriminate among its victims, the God of all Creation doesn’t discriminate in His giving of the gift of eternal life.  He is all inclusive as His word makes clear.  In Acts 10:34 Peter explains this saying,

“Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.”

The word “favoritism” is translated “no respecter of persons” in the King James translation.  But the meaning remains the same.  God does not discriminate, He is impartial.  And aren’t we glad of that fact?  I know I am.  Psalm 103:10-13 tells me,

“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;”

I especially take comfort in knowing, “The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.”  (Psalm 145:9)

No favoritism there, God made us all and so extends His compassion to us all. Psalm 100:3 says, “Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us , and not we ourselves; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”

In 2 Peter 3:9 I read that “He (God) is patient with you (me), not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  Think of it – everyone – that is pretty inclusive – actually, it is all inclusive – as inclusive as it gets!

Paul writes to the Romans in 10:12-13 saying,  ” – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ ”  (Joel 2:32)

No one is excluded.  That is good news!  The final picture in Revelation 7:9-10 confirms just what an all inclusive, no respecter of persons, no showing favoritism or partiality kind of God my Heavenly Father is.  Picture the scene these words describe,

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’ ”

Every nation, tribe, people and language – imagine it – no one left out – no one excluded from God’s invitation.  Jesus’s  invitation in Matthew 11:28-30 is clear,

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

I think we are each a little weary about now.  What a relief to know the Creator of the universe does not discriminate towards us the way we show partiality towards each other.  John 1:12 makes this clear saying,

“Yet to all who received Him (Jesus), to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – ”

Isn’t that what we all want?  to be invited, to be included, to be accepted – to be accepted as we are for who we are without reservation, restriction or discrimination.  In John 6:37 Jesus said,

“All the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away.”   an open invitation with guaranteed acceptance!  it does not get any better than this, dear readers!  Definitely cause for celebration.

and now for today’s confession – which is a bit embarrassing but must be brought to light.  I now realize that I began this conversation with you today with a faulty premise – which is that COVID-19 is no respecter of persons and therefore does not discriminate.

But this is not true.  COVID-19 does show partiality.  COVID-19 targets the elderly and the infirm.  This makes sense because this virus is a villain and villains are cowards.  Cowards are going to attack the weak and the sick and that’s just what COVID-19 does, attacks those less able to defend themselves, namely those with other illnesses already, those with weakened immune systems and those who are older and therefore less able to fight off illness.

By doing this, COVID-19 makes himself appear more powerful than he actually is thus gaining the advantage of fear, enabling the virus to keep everyone under his control.  Until the full realization of the favoritism he shows in targeting his victims is revealed and we are all released from his fear filled presence.

In the meantime I can rest and rejoice in knowing I am accepted by my Heavenly Father who does not show favoritism but faithfully watches over me no matter where I might be.

“The Lord watches over you – The Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”    (Psalm 121:5-8)

sincerely,      Grace Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Corona Chronicles-True Confessions#36

  1. Thank you dear friend for all the promises from God’s Word this morning. They are healing to my body, mind & spirit. ❤️

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