By now almost every household in the world knows the name corona virus or Covid-19. This is a virus that emerged out of nowhere and established its fortress in an Asian country from where it would multiply and travel all over the world to cause havoc.
This virus took the whole world by surprise and confused the kingdoms and nations. It took sleep away from the scientists, health workers and confronted the brains of the world. It all started as a joke but not long after death and sorrow were set loose, the world that was full of boasting on what it had achieved in the earth began to crumble right before the Virus.
Some wise Presidents of the world suddenly began to remember God whom many of them have kicked out of their temporarily assigned territory. How wise that the president and leaders of United State of America whose foundation rests in “IN GOD WE TRUST” declared a national day of prayers unto God. The president of Italy could do nothing more when all efforts failed, but look up unto God for mercy and interventions. Even the Pope instructed people to confess their sins to God.
Long ago, the world had technically declared war against God when they went into God’s words, pulled out His instructions and commandments, twisted them and threw them back at His face.
The world declared war against the God of creation when they made attempts to kick Him out of His creations.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him, all things consistColossians 1:16, 17 (KJV)
The world declared war against God when they littered the streets of various Nations with the blood of the innocent and took the lives of those calling upon His name mercilessly.
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In the day of His burning angerIsaiah 13:13 (KJV)
The world declared war against God when they enthroned what God has dethroned and enforced what He hates.
For they provoked Him with their high places and aroused His jealousy with their graven images.Psalms 78:58 (KJV)
The world declared war against God when ordinary men and women embarked on twisting the commandments of God and occupying the place of God in the heart of people.
I am the LORD, that is My name, And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.Isaiah 42:8 (KJV)
The World declared war against God when groups of people in power demanded that some verses of the scriptures be taken out of the Bible because it is offensive to some groups of people.
Even if we don’t believe in God and the involvement of Christ (as at present) why shouldn’t we respect history? No one has ever stood boldly to declare himself as the sole owner of this world. Not even the other acclaimed gods or shrines of the world. This ancient and old earth has been in existence long before anyone could imagine. So also, is the Bible that brings to us the guidelines on how to live in this world. We disregarded the divine Atlas and began to produce ours. Different theories have come and gone but this knowledge about God abides till now.
“Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes(inventions)”Ecclesiastes 7: 29 (KJV)
If God could have wiped out the inhabitants of the earth with the flood during Noah’s period, destroyed the land of Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and fire, dealt with the land of Egypt to the extent that every house was busy burying their dead, what give us impressions that He can’t do it again, especially when we deliberately cross His paths?
So when the world declared war against God, it made a grievous mistake. Because no one has ever fought against God and won. Not even Satan, the prince of this world.
However, out of the love of God for His creations He sent His only begotten Son; the Lord Jesus Christ, as the atonement for our sins, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 (KJV). In His compassion, God made a way of escape for the world to turn to Him and be saved. But even then the choice is still ours.
Does the fact that God’s wrath was satisfied in Christ allow us to continue in sin, wickedness, and disobedience because grace will continue to abide? The Bible is very clear about it!
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living GodHebrews 10: 26-31 (NKJV)
But the amazing news is that when we return to God in sincere repentance, we will see God’s side of mercy and enjoy His forgiveness and cleansing.
Do we lose anything by calling upon God for mercy? I don’t think so.
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee”Psalms 86:5 (KJV)
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth (pardons) iniquity, and passeth (passes) by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth (retains) not his anger forever, because he delighteth (delights) in mercyMicah 7:18 (KJV)
God delights in mercy and He is first the God of love before the God of Judgment. He however, requires that we turn to Him first in repentance and reverence, and steer clear of what He frowns at.
If God is not directly responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, he has the capacity to stop or prevent it. If He chooses not to, then there must be a reason(s) for it. If God made heaven and earth, He is the only one that can fix it.