It is a trillion dollars and counting. It is the emergency relief package that the U.S. Congress and the President have approved. All Americans desperately need this financial aid to assist with the havoc that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is wrecking upon our country. As we seek to flatten the curve of infected individuals, a looming question remains. We need to take these extreme measures now, but what about later? What about 10 months from now when the flu season begins again? What if another new virus or super microbe appears? Do we once again shut down the entire country with social distancing? We cannot do another trillion-dollar stimulus package each time another pandemic strikes.
After each crisis in the United States, a paradigm shift in our national behavior resulted. After 9/11, we tightened our homeland security and airline screening. After the Great Recession of 2008, we undertook a comprehensive banking reform. This current pandemic is a clarion call that our current public health system is strained and creative and forward-thinking is required to address and adequately prepare for future challenges.
Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you. But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.
Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 (NLT)
The Bible speaks to the wisdom of planning for the future, especially when times are prosperous. America has some of the greatest scientists and thought leaders in nearly every area of medicine and health care. I don’t have the answers but I join those who are willing to address these issues as we seek to find solutions to deal with the current crisis and plan for the next. Are there uncertainties? Yes. Will there be roadblocks? Most definitely. Will we succeed?
Only if we commit our actions to the Lord.
Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.