• Chris Steele

COVID19 and Satan

Be Strong, Be Well — Monday, April 13

A fair analogy can be made between COVID19 and Satan. We can’t see the coronavirus with the naked eye. It’s been called an invisible enemy. It takes deeper investigation using microscopes and a trained eye to be able to see it. However, there’s no doubt it’s real, because we see the effects of sickness, devastation and death the virus has brought upon the world.

Although we can’t see Satan as he really is, the devil leaves evidence of himself and his workings. He spreads heartache, pain, and condemnation wherever he goes. People are caught up in his lies and deception. Jesus told the hypocritical Jews, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

With a deeper study and understanding of God’s word, we can know what the devil is like and take warning. Paul spoke of our enemy saying, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11; cf. 2 Timothy 2:15).

This current virus is highly contagious. This is obvious considering we’re all sheltering at home to stem the tide of more becoming infected. Sin is contagious and is much more serious than any physical illness. Again the apostle warned of this and encouraged the church at Corinth to call out the sinner and purge out that sin (1 Corinthians 5:5-7). Our spiritual survival is at stake (Matthew 10:28).

While we have a heightened awareness of this coronavirus disease, as spiritual people we must be determined to be very aware of the devil and his influence in this world. Peter wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

We’re seeing the ravages and devastation of COVID19 everyday. We mourn the loss of so many people who have succumbed to it. How much more devastating is sin and its growth among us? No one is immune. We all have sinned (Romans 3:23). Without Christ, we remain dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1-3).

How thankful we are for the cure for sin and death through Christ’s precious blood (Hebrews 9:12-14, 22; Romans 6:16-18). “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). —Chris

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