Is The Coronavirus A Judgment Of God?

by Jack Wellman · Print Print · Email Email


As the Coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, many are asking the question whether the Coronavirus is a judgement of God.

The Coronavirus


The Coronavirus, or COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways and is caused by a virus called Coronavirus. The morality (death) rate for this virus is 3.4%, which is considerably higher than the typical flu. Although the flu kills more people by number than the Coronavirus (so far), less than 1% die of the flu, but this virus could present future problems because now there are two strains spreading around the world, and the most susceptible are the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. For some reason, fewer children (about 1%) get the Coronavirus than do adults, but the Coronavirus has a very high contagious rate (5.8) compared to the regular flu, which is about half that of the Coronavirus, but things could grow worse than they are now. Some believe that a person can be contagious for a full two weeks after recovery, so this is unlike any strain we’ve ever seen before and unlike one the world’s dealt with for a while. Perhaps not nearly as bad as the flu pandemic that swept the world in 1918 where as many as 5% of the people who contracted the flu, died, but the Coronavirus has the highest mortality rate compared to any recent pandemic, and worse, the virus can survive for 37 days, meaning many more people can be exposed to it.

Nations Blessed and Cursed

Anyone that’s read the Old Testament knows that God chooses to bless some nations more than others but, but what are His reasons? The Word of God says “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage” (Psalm 33:12), so the reason God blesses some nations and not others is they have chosen to follow God and His laws. As He told Israel, I believe God tells every nation: “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine” (Ex 19:5), but notice that it’s conditional; “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant” only “then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession” and how deep is God’s treasure? “The whole earth is mine.” God Himself says to every nation on the face of the earth, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Duet 20:19)

The Coronavirus or COVID-19. CDC

God’s Sovereignty

Isaiah the Prophet understood about the sovereignty of God, or he would have never wrote, “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose” (Isaiah 46:9-10). Even though the Coronavirus was something that was “not yet done” or even existed when Isaiah wrote this, God knew full well it was going to happen but He has purpose in everything. We have read the story of Joseph that somehow God used his evil treatment for good (Gen 50:20), so that too is part of God’s sovereign plan, just as the cross was (Mark 10:45). King David knew “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19), so God is sovereign even over the Coronavirus and He will use this and all things that happen for His glory and according to His purposes. God’s sovereignty reaches down into our daily lives too. Solomon wrote, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Prov 19:21), so the point is: I made plans….but God’s will stands.

All Things

We have God’s promise that whatever happens to us, including the good and the bad, will work out for our very best (Rom 8:28). It may not look like the best, but looks can deceive us, so even the gruesome circumstances of the Coronavirus are going to work out for the very best for all involved. Scripture teaches us that whatever comes our way must first pass through the nail-pierced hands of Jesus Christ. God was not caught off guard by this and neither should we be. Has it ever occurred to you that nothing’s ever occurred to God? Has it dawned on you that nothing’s ever dawned on God? God saw this coming and He knows the end from the beginning. He will always bring about His sovereign purposes. That cannot be stopped.


Whatever comes our way must first pass through the nail-pierced hands of Jesus Christ.

Is the Coronavirus a judgment of God? I don’t know. I can’t speak for what God is doing and why, but I do believe in the sovereignty of God and trust Him with the future. Everything is from God and everything is for God and everything is for His glory. There is no reason for us to fear, but there is good reason for us to use every precaution in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, but there is no reason for the believer to live in fear. God has known about this from ancient times, and He knows what will happen in the future, but this virus is unprecedented in many ways because it’s had a global impact. It’s shutting down the sports world, some businesses have been hurt, movie theatres are being affected, it’s shut down many hospital and nursing home visitations, concerts, parades, parties, thousands of social gathers, and many of the world travelers are going to be or have already been restricted in their travel.

The Coronavirus has changed our world and our thinking.  The things that were deemed important to us (NBA, NCAA, soccer leagues (worldwide), parades, parties, etc.) pale in comparison to the Coronavirus and the threat to human life. Will God use these serious times to draw men, women, and children to Christ? I am sure of it. God desires that none should perish and that all should put their trust in Christ. My prayer for you and yours is that “no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent” (Psalm 91:10).

Here is some related reading for you: What Does the Bible Say About Judgment?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Tolina Keno March 14, 2020 at 8:05 am

God bless you!
Good message for our planet at this critical time❤.


Jim Allis March 14, 2020 at 10:41 am

Hi Jack,
Thank you for clear teaching concerning this Corona Virus . We are told to watch for our Lord’s return at any moment and to be ready. I Thessalonians 4. There are signs to look for and this is the kind of thing which should not necessarily be looked upon as ajudgement but certainly a warning of an impended promised pa


Jim Allis March 14, 2020 at 10:46 am

Hi Jack,
Thank you for clear teaching concerning this Corona Virus . We are told to watch carefully for our Lord’s return at any moment and to be ready. I Thessalonians 4. There are signs to look for and this is the kind of thing which should not necessarily be looked upon as a judgement but certainly a warning of an impended promised judgement to come upon a world which has long time transgressed his laws especially in high circles such as Governments flaunting God’s Laws. where people do what is right in their own eyes. I am sure someone will pick up from here. We need all to get back to God ASAP


Jack Wellman March 14, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Thank you Mr. Allis. I appreciate your words of wisdom sir.


Dru Persaud March 14, 2020 at 11:57 am

Thank you for encouraging and sharing God s promises.


margaret sheerin-hamill March 14, 2020 at 5:12 pm

No it’s not a judgement from God!! We have free will and China chose not to follow the strict rules in the market. They cracked down with past viruses from China caused by mixing wild and domestic animals in close proximity to each other. Slowly they laxed their rules and markets ran in China as they pleased and there you have it. We have free will and cause alot of issues and then tend to blame God. Really ridiculous.


Jack Wellman March 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm

Hello Margaret. Can you provide eviedence that this is not a judgment from God? God often uses human means as a way of sending His Judgment, as in the Old Testament. “Ridiculous?” No, so you cannot prove this is not a judgment of God, but only your opinion, since in my conclusion I said, “I can’t speak for what God is doing and why, but I do believe in the sovereignty of God and trust Him with the future. Everything is from God and everything is for God and everything is for His glory. There is no reason for us to fear, but there is good reason for us to use every precaution in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.” Whatever happens always falls within the sovereignty and purposes of God, from China or Timbuktu.


Peter Burritt March 16, 2020 at 5:14 pm

It’s not China’s fault It’s believed to have started in Spain and Italy…becareful who you judge, you point one finger there are three pointing back at you
as Jesus said, As you judge so shall you judge


Maria Theresa Abalos March 14, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Thank God for his message to us Christians.God bless


david pattison March 15, 2020 at 3:13 am

Greetings Jack, very clear teaching.
Thank you brother.
I have no problem with this virus as I know that God is in control, and I know that I am in His loving hands.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
David formerly from Prague, now retired in the UK


Jack Wellman March 15, 2020 at 9:29 am

Thank you Mr. Pattison. I appreciate your words sir.


Debbie Houberg March 15, 2020 at 7:27 am

Thank you so much for this insightful message. I will be sharing it with my family! My trust is totally in God’s perfect will.


Jack Wellman March 15, 2020 at 9:30 am

You are so kind. Thank you Mrs. Houberg.


Merle' Nedd March 15, 2020 at 7:32 am

In All circumstances Yet will I Praise him.We have to trust Him for everything good and bad.


Gh kleiner March 16, 2020 at 5:46 pm

God bless you!

The reality is we are all going to die someday. It’s possible this is from god or Satan, I’m not sure.

Thank you for your Positive take on this.

I think the media is deceiving us giving us numbers but making things seem much worse. Their are many stories of people who have recovered from the virus.

It would be nice if Christians, yes I have, reach out to others in this crisis time.

Let others see his light shine through us always,

God bless

Gh kleiner


Jack Wellman March 16, 2020 at 5:47 pm

Thank you for such encouraging words my friend.


HELLEN NYAMANCHA March 18, 2020 at 9:10 am

Thank you brother for your explanation towards the virus and also a word of encouragement from the Bible. people should not fear because God is in control. 1 Corinthians 10:13 ”
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.


david pattison March 18, 2020 at 1:16 pm

Lovely words of encouragement Hellen


aidan benbow March 19, 2020 at 1:07 am

I don’t think it is a judgement of God, but I do think it is a warning to people about much worse things that will happen one day.


Jack Wellman March 19, 2020 at 8:59 am

Hello Mr Benbow. Thank you for your comment sir and great point too.


Melissa Tumlos March 25, 2020 at 3:15 am

This is so good! Thank you so much!


Arjun Kumar Mendies March 25, 2020 at 3:22 am

Thank you for this lovely and informative precise article. I think it is not sent by God, but He allowed it to happen. God has given us freedom of choice.


Monaliza April 2, 2020 at 3:47 am

Thank you for your explanations regarding this virus. I am a nurse and really taking care of the patients who might have or may not have this virus. I go to work with strong faith and believing God is with me. I work with confident and no doubt I am protected. YES I am following every rules and regulations they impose for our safety is another way obey God’s rules. We pray for those government officials the WHO the scientist so our God will give them wisdom to fight for this virus.


Jack Wellman April 2, 2020 at 10:21 am

Hello Monaliza. You are on the front lines of this war against the pandemic. Our prayers are with you and God bless you for your calling in serving and showing mercy to others in your line of work.


csaaphill April 4, 2020 at 6:10 am

maybe it’s a safe way to say I can’t speak as for what God is doing with his coronavirus and maybe it’s true…
But I think it’s either his way to test us to see if we obey him or man. Or it’s the pale horse riding. Or a bit of both.
The hard part is Satan himself is changed into an angel of light and is teaching similar things but with twists in it unless you keep your eye in the word and see for yourself and not what man teaches. So since he’s being a copy cat its very hard to say exactly what.
But I do it’s some kind of judgment either to separate us as the wheat or tares or the pale horse has ridden already…


Jack Wellman April 4, 2020 at 10:11 am

Thank you fo your comment. You bring out so excellent possibiities.


Tony Labella April 7, 2020 at 9:15 am

This is the beginning of God’s judgement and warning signs to America. God allows these things to happen for a reason. Many only see God as love, patient, kind, and long suffering. Many forget that God is Holy and Righteous. He is perfect and majestic. God hates sin. No human can comprehend the sins of America. Porn, sexual immorality, lust, greed, corruption, murder, abortion, witchcraft, homosexuality, and many more sins have saturated the land. God will and must judge the sins of America. The word of God gives examples such as Sodom and Gomorrah for our learning. There is no repentance in the land.


Jack Wellman April 7, 2020 at 9:30 am

Hello Mr. Labella. We cannot know for sure if this is God’s judgment on America or on the world or just the result of a fallen world. God has not come down to any human and confided in us to tell us why this is happening so we cannot know if this is a judgment of God or not. God alone knows His purposes for this since Scripture does not mention this specific virus.


fred seton May 7, 2020 at 9:15 am

It is all in the bible. God controls everything and Jesus prophesied this shortly before His is death This will cause an economic crash ans start tribulation and lead to millions being saved Matthew 24: 1-51 Jesus is available to those who seek Him. pray not for protection but submit to God’s will in your life surrender to Jesus.


Jack Wellman May 7, 2020 at 9:36 am

Hello Mr. Seton. Thank you for your comment, but we don’t know if this will cause the tribulation or not. God alone knows. You make some good points sir.


Dereck Miller September 7, 2020 at 1:41 pm

Hello Jack, as Mr. Seton pointed out, pandemic is in the Bible, what we need to do is act accordingly. The pandemic is here and there is nothing we can do about it but do what we have to do to keep each other safe, I am going to do all I have to do to stay alive! Check out Isaiah 26: 20-21.


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