We still have copies available – and could order more – of John Lennox’s excellent booklet “Where is God in a Coronavirus world?” if anyone wants one. In his postscript Lennox refers to 1 Corinthians 13v12: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” He humbly and wisely acknowledges that he is unable to answer all the questions that arise from the current pandemic – but one day this will be possible!
In the meantime Lennox states his intention to follow the great advice of C H Spurgeon:
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”
What glorious, Biblical advice! May we by faith cling to these realities of our God, even when the mirror reflection is particularly faint and unclear.
I probably should have remembered from Latin ‘O’ level days that ‘corona’ means crown and, of course, the visual representation of the virus resembles this. Lennox points out that the virus has great power and authority over humanity – and yet there is another corona, the crown of thorns that Jesus wore which is now replaced by many crowns of glory and honour (Revelation 19v12). May we seek to worship and crown Him Lord of all, marvelling at all His crowns, past and present – and seeing the coronavirus in its true context, even under His overall authority.
Peace and Grace