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Why is it so hard to put the Genie back in the bottle?

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By now, five-six months into Covid-19 most of us know someone (or several) who've tested positive. Some have been sick. Some haven't. In my opinion, tests that take several days to get results is only making matters worse. When the Genie is out of the bottle it's hard to put it back. Many, many people can be exposed because of lapsed time. By the time a person is showing symptoms and/or gets really sick, you've got the possibility of exposing everyone in your circle. That, to me, is the thing I'm concerned about.

A disease that you can get "without symptoms" is very hard to comprehend. If a disease is a disease, shouldn't it have dis-ease? I was trying to wrap my mind around all the mystery surrounding a disease where we may, or may not, have symptoms and I thought of sin and how it is very much the same. Some of us sin and get caught immediately. Others can sin for many, many years of their lives. They can abuse their own lives by their lifestyle or abuse others by their lifestyle. They can refuse to acknowledge God and live like he doesn't exit. It seems like they are doing just fine. In Psalms, David came face-to-face with the same kind of questions. King David said he looked around him and saw evil and prideful people who prospered in the world and their riches continued to increase. When he thought about it, it was painful UNTIL he went into the sanctuary of God. He said, "Then I understood their end" (Psalms 73).

I may sin and seemingly get by with it, but what will it do to my circle of family and friends? How will it affect my future generations? What will the end look like?

Jesus was tortured on the cross and ultimately gave his life for our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15). The Bible says Jesus destroyed the power of sickness, fear and sin - something we had been bondage to all our lives - until we accepted Jesus (Heb. 2:14,15). Like Covid-19 we may not see the "sin virus" until it's too late. We're already sick. Sin has already ravaged our lives and our family - and we didn't even see it coming.

Did you know God has a vaccine for sin? It's the blood of Jesus that was shed for our redemption. He also has a life-long medication that we must take. It's his Word. God's Word is our food. It's healing to our flesh (Prov. 4:22) and health to our countenance (Psalms 42:11, Psalms 43:5). It's our prescription for a better life. "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world" (I John 4:4).

Worse case, you get the Coronavirus and get really sick. Best case, you never get sick, but can make other people sick. Either way, none of us want it and neither outcome is good. With sin, the worst case is eternal damnation. Best case, you accept Jesus and have eternal life.

Either way, the Genie is out of the box and something has to be done about it.

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