Choose – A “Chosen” Response to the Coronavirus

Unprecedented events are taking the world by surprise as the rise of the Coronavirus (CoVid-19) makes its ungodly path around the world.

The Silicon Valley, where I live and pastor, is one of the hardest-hit areas in the USA. Measures taken by state and local officials are unparalleled in scope and magnitude.

As followers of Jesus, how do we respond to all of this? What measures do we take to be both full of faith, wise and responsible?

In these seasons we are challenged at the core with what we REALLY believe. As our anxiety and uncertainty increases, our theology is tested.

It’s easy to believe when things are comfortable, convenient and cushy but when a pandemic is impacting the world, insecurities, fears, and doubt creep in, and in many, take over.

With things changing by the day, and new security measures heaped upon us from “social distancing” to “Shelter-In-Place” orders, the closure of schools, businesses, retail outlets and more, you have to sit down for a second and ask, “what in the world is going on?”

As I was considering this, the verse in Joshua 24:15 jumped into my spirit, “CHOOSE this day whom you will serve”. I was a bit startled by this but soon realized that I have a choice lying before me. Whatever I choose to believe, I will serve.

Right now we have a choice and that choice determines what we will serve and bow our knee to. Do I cave into the “pandemic” around the world, or do I position myself to take a stand, raise a standard, bind and loose as Christ’s Ekklesia?

Choosing to believe God and His Word doesn’t ignore the facts. Faith isn’t ignorant. Faith denies the influence of the facts in my life. A diagnosis doesn’t determine the scope of its influence in my life, it directs me on where to apply godly faith and positions me on how to pray.

Fear can hold us hostage to what is seen. Faith takes us higher and anchors itself in the unseen.

2 Cor. 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Here is a list of what I’m “choosing” and I invite you to join me. You might want to create your own list. Please do! Release these as daily declarations. Pass them on by sharing this post on your social media channels and networks. More to come with added scripture support.

  1. I Choose Faith Over Fear.
  2. I Choose Worship over Worry.
  3. I Choose God’s Word over Global News.
  4. I Choose Responding to the Father over Reacting to the devil.
  5. I Choose Trust over Anxiety.
  6. I Choose Peace over Panic.
  7. I Choose Hope over Despair.
  8. I Choose Joy over Discouragement.
  9. I Choose God’s Wisdom over Human Wisdom.
  10. I Choose Community over Isolation. 
  11. I Choose Mercy over Judgement.
  12. I Choose God’s Kingdom over Human Government.
  13. I Choose God’s Power over Man’s Wisdom.
  14. I Choose Life over Death.

Your Comments: Could you add one or more to this list, and/or offer your thoughts and input, take a minute and add them to the comments area below.

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  1. Zoltan Hercik Mar 23, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Great list, pastor Greg, all 15 of them! We have the privilege and responsibility to declare and release heaven, healing, life into our world in Jesus’ name. Living every day intentionally and making these choices of faith are super important. I limit the time of listening to the news. When I do, I only do it actively, continuously praying and proclaiming God’s promises against the negative predictions and the vision of fear. I use the news to fuel my heart to fight.

    In contrast to all that’s happening, the Holy Spirit highlighted Isaiah 43.19 for me, and I believe we, the ekklesia, just stepped in the most significant revival of human history. It’s time to get ready, to fast and pray boldly. The best is just to come.

    Stay safe, happy, and hopeful!

    Much love, Zoltan

    1. Greg Simas Mar 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I love what you are doing in terms of limiting your listening to the news. Wise move! It’s good to be in “the know” but only to declare God’s promises above them.

      Yes on Isaiah 43:19. I believe the wave of revival is building! Revival waves are choppy, not necessarily smooth. Just because we are met with coronavirus never negates what God is doing. We have to learn to ride it as the Holy Spirit gives us grace and wisdom. A “new thing” is coming. I fully agree, Zoltan!

  2. Sally George Mar 24, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Hi Pastor… that was a great list. I choose Faith over Fear

    1. Greg Simas Mar 24, 2020 at 5:55 am

      Great choice, Sally. I just wrote on Faith>Fear today. I’ll post the link on Social Media or you can just visit the blog and find it. So good to hear from you!

  3. Jim Sims Mar 24, 2020 at 6:18 am

    I really appreciate reading your choices. I choose Prayer (action) over Denial of Emotions (leading to avoidance & inaction). Resting in the Peace that passes human understanding and abounding in unending hope as the Father’s sons and daughters reveal His amazing grace and love!

    1. Greg Simas Mar 24, 2020 at 7:42 am

      Great answer, Jim. The revelation of the Father’s love is crucial for the church today. I appreciate you taking the time to add your comment. 🙂

  4. Connie Mar 24, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Yes and Amen. I choose to walk in hope, joy, and peace, it’s his promise. God Word works.

  5. Brian Apr 5, 2020 at 10:57 am

    I like what you’re saying here. I’m thinking our response can be proactive rather than reactive. And I’m imagining a child looking to their father. Let’s say something startling or even shocking happens. The child instinctively looks to a parent. If the parent loses it, the child will lose. But we’ll never see that when we look to our Heavenly Father and take our cues from him — no matter the circumstance or crisis. So we can get our orientation from our Heavenly Father via his Word and Spirit … and then proactively and creatively respond in trust and belief. Thanks for the post!

    1. Greg Simas Apr 8, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Totally, Brian. Great point made about how steady and unmoved (not unemotional btw) our Heavenly Father is! There is no reason to panic because He never does.


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