Is God Judging Us?

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While praying for the sick and infected this thought came to me, “What if the COVID-19 virus is the judgment of God on the nations?” Is it God’s will to heal and help? To sustain bodies and spirits? To contain the spread of infection?¹

I did some checking. There are those who believe God periodically judges the world. So how should I pray? How does this fit with a God who loves, who is good and does good?

If I answer this on a personal level perhaps it will also answer the greater question.

For a long time I could not read the verse: “For those the Lord loves He disciplines…”² My eyes flitted around it. I was viewing it from the perspective of a child. I could not connect God’s love with His discipline.

As time passed I saw the fruit of God’s discipline in my life.³ A redeeming God used sickness, hardship and misfortune for my good. My understanding increased. I trusted God more, my character grew, and sin looked less appealing.

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” Psalm 119:67

What really clinched it for me was as a parent of two children I realized it is love that disciplines. Love teaches a child the difference between right and wrong. Parents who love themselves more than their children do not discipline. Discipline is hard work, it takes time and it takes character.

What loving parent does not correct a child about to burn their hand on a hot stove?

Alternately, God is an ideal parent. He loves us perfectly. His discipline is for our good. God does whatever it takes to turn our hearts toward the right, the good and in essence towards Him.

How then should we pray during these days of the COVID-19 virus?

For the sick and infected: God, heal their hearts as You heal their bodies. Help them see Your provision as You help them through these difficult days. Sustain their bodies and spirits by the power of Your love. Contain the spread of illness according to Your plan before the beginning of the world. Keep them mindful that You are a redeeming God who is good and does good. Your mercies endure forever.

“As for the God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” 2 Samuel 22:31 (NIV, 1984)

Addendum:  God sends the rain on the just and the unjust. (Mt. 5:45 ESV) It can also be said, He sends judgment on the just and the unjust but with different results. For the just, the results of an event like the Coronavirus maybe God’s discipline. For the unjust, the result is retribution with hopes of repentance. (Jon. 3:10) When God allows/sends suffering into our lives, it is because He loves us and wants our ultimate good.

“O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136:1

¹Jen Pollock Michel; ChristianityToday.com; March 18, 2020
²Hebrews 12:6 NASB, 1995
³Hebrews 12:11

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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

4 thoughts on “Is God Judging Us?”

  1. Judgement is for those not of His Kingdom and who refuse to repent, discipline is for those who are a part of it.
    When ever I see – in past or current history – how man thinks he has control, whether it is my complicated weapons systems or the latest science technology, etc. – how everything can be changed by something so small as a virus or unnoticed as a baby born in Bethlehem – I am reminded all over again who Will have Sway.

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    1. Once again you have given me something to think about. 🙂 It appears you have disproved my premise. I am comparing apple and oranges when I compare myself, a believer, with the unbelieving world. Well…I have to rethink this. It may become another blog post.

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      1. I don’t think my remarks contradicted yours at all! You were speaking of discipline….
        Then there’s another side too, that we live in a very flawed world, and that is going to produce unpleasantness such as illness by it’s very nature. But doesn’t God use these things to test us and
        to mature us?
        It may be the Lord is bringing some
        judgement upon the world, society, etc. Personally I don’t have the wisdom either to make that
        determination with any confidence, but God says He has and will do that.

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      2. Thanks for your additional comments. I was going to spend some part of today thinking/praying through these issues and may still comment further. I also do not have the wisdom to determine whether this time of illness is the judgment of God. Only as you say God says He has and will do this.

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