Here is some helpful insight from The Gospel Coalition:
“Billions across the world have watched with dread as COVID-19 continues to spread—infecting hundreds of thousands and greatly disrupting the lives of most of the world’s population. Much has already been lost, and the uncertainty of what more can be lost—and when it will stop—leaves people deeply anxious. For many, the scariest feeling of all is helplessness.
But we worship a mighty and sovereign God who is not helpless. We cry out to him in our distress because he is steadfast and unchanging—a mighty refuge in a world of storms. We pray because, as the apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:6, we ought not be anxious about anything, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Top Ten Christian Lessons from COVID-19 Crisis
10) Christians need to set the standard for compassion and love for all families who are hurting and suffering. Show the love of Christ to others.
9) Mankind is destined for death and then judgment; life is precarious at best. Understand our accountability to God as the Judge and flee to Christ for the free gift of salvation and certainly of eternal life in heaven. God is our Refuge and Strength; a very present help in time of trouble.
8) We don’t know the day or hour of our death. We need to show love and appreciation for our family and friends while we have opportunity.
7) The rapid spread of infection gives a clear picture of how sin and corruption act as leaven to spread destruction rapidly.
6) Trouble in life is indiscriminate; it shows no partiality; it cuts across all races, all genders, all social and economic classes, all educational levels, all political parties, etc.
5) We desperately need to seek God in prayer, confess our sins (individually and corporately) and ask for His mercy and deliverance.
4) We have the Good News to offer to the world that can trump any level of bad news that threatens to overwhelm us.
3) We need to learn to practice Contentment in whatever circumstances we find ourselves – whether in prosperity or in a time of deprivation and crisis. Yes, we are limited in terms of sheltering in place. Yes, we are limited in our ability to conduct normal business. Yes, we are limited even in our ability to gather together for corporate worship. We must be flexible and learn to adapt to the use of technology, etc. But above all, we need to practice contentment.
2) As Christians we are not called to a mindset of Panic but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:7 Replace Fear and Anxiety with Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who cares for us to such an extent that even when we were enemies, He died on the cross as a substitute for us to pay the penalty for our sins.
1) God is still Sovereign and still in Control; He has power and authority over disease, over death, over sin, over Satan, over anything that could possibly impact our life.
Check out these comments from Matt Smethust on March 12, 2020:
It’s now clear that COVID-19 is a deadly serious global pandemic, and all necessary precautions should be taken. Still, C. S. Lewis’s words—written 72 years ago—ring with some relevance for us. Just replace “atomic bomb” with “coronavirus.”
In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.
— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays
Check out the free book that Dr. John Piper is now offering: Coronavirus and Christ: He describes his intentions in writing the book:
My aims correspond to the book’s two parts:
Part 1: The God Who Reigns Over the Coronavirus
I aim to show that God is Sovereign, Holy, Righteous, Good, and Wise. I want to help people experience this sovereignty as sweet in the midst of a bitter providence.
Part 2: What Is God Doing Through the Coronavirus?
Not speculating, but tethered to Scripture, my aim is to point to six biblical purposes God has in sending this pandemic: portraying moral horror, directing divine judgments, alerting to the Second Coming, calling for repentance, summoning works of mercy, and working to finish the Great Commission.