Psalm 90, verse 12, teaches us to number our days in order to walk with wisdom. For most of us, death is a far off land that we plan to never visit. Others face it everyday. The global and local arrival of Covid-19 has us all aware that life is a precious and fragile gift held in God’s sovereign hand. You and I will live all the days the LORD has planned for us–no more, no less. As Jesus walked the earth, he was approached on a certain occasion to speak to some national crises. This is how Luke covered this encounter:
Luke 13:1-5 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them– do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
There’s something worse than dying of the coronavirus, something worse than dying at the hands of evil governments. We can die unrepentant before the LORD. We can die without hope. We can die without the forgiveness Jesus purchased on the cross and declared good and certain for all who believe at His resurrection. Unless we repent, we will all perish. But if we repent, we will never really die; we’ll live forever with our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, forever and ever, Amen.