Disasters come in two kinds. There are objective disasters, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes, and there are subjective disasters, such as the global panic we are experiencing now.
The negative effects of objective disasters can be compounded with a response of panic. There is a military defeat, for example, and the routed army responds with panic. These are two disasters, one on top of the others.
But in other situations, the panic seemingly comes from nowhere.
“And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.” (Leviticus 26:36 KJV)
They shall fall when none pursues. The whole disaster seems to come from nowhere, but it actually comes from the Lord. “I will send . . .”
That means this deluding fever will break when God wants it to.
“Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.” (Ezekiel 7:26 KJV)
Mischief upon mischief. Fake news upon fake news. Layer after layer.
God sends such chastisements in His mercy so that we might repent. This is a golden opportunity for repentance. Behold the kindness and severity of God. Those who are not talking about repentance are not talking about the root issue.
In case anyone is wondering what we as a nation have to repent of, we may begin with abortion, with same sex mirages, with mammon-worship, with Darwinism, and with secular education. That will prime the pump, and the rest will follow.
It is not enough to repent of our sins. It is also necessary for Americans to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to confess Him by name.
The coronavirus is certainly a thing. But mass panics are also a thing. Pandemics in the past have certainly done enormous amounts of damage. But so have mass panics. Our situation is the latter.