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Tiny Things in Terrible Times

The virus that changed your life is a 1.25 Nanometer sphere. That is one-billionth of a yardstick, tiny but traumatic. For decades you worried about something tremendous, an atomic war with blazing radioactivity. Yet that titanic threat with its megatons never happened. A tiny object that looks like a soccer ball with spikes has paralyzed the world.

The wise writer of Proverbs almost ends the book writing about ants, badgers, locusts and lizards (Proverbs 30:24-28). He wonders at their foresight, habitation, progress, and perseverance. Consider the lizard. The Jaragua Gecko can curl up on a dime, a fraction more than one-half inch. Yet that lizard can get past armed guards, elaborate security, and the best impediments humans can provide. It can even get into a king’s palace. If Solomon or someone like him wrote this wisdom book, he one day watched a little lizard on the wall over his sumptuous bed and laughed at his own security detail. A cohort that could keep out a lion could not stop a lizard.

Our age has taken the narcotic that a global economy prohibits a nuclear war, postmodern culture has changed life, and technology can find information about tiny lizards in ten seconds. Yet this day you find yourself closer to the Great Plague of 1665, of the Spanish influenza of 1918 than the promised world of flying taxis and a colony on Mars. Most folks worried about finding a chicken or tissue at the grocery store are not thinking about flying taxis.

God did not “cause” the virus. Jesus makes that kind of speculation clear in John 9:1-3 and Luke 13:1-5. No mortal can connect cause and effect with God and disease. You have already fallen through thin ice and are sinking into cold depths when you say God did a specific ...

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Dr. Joel C. Gregory is Director of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching, holder of the George W. Truett Endowed Chair of Preaching and Evangelism at Baylor's Truett Seminary, and the founder of Joel Gregory Ministries.

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