Yesterday, we started our second round of lockdown, for another two weeks. I believe a lot of countries have also continued isolation and lockdown as a result of the coronavirus crisis. As Christians, we must continue to hold the fort and keep the faith, for our own good and for the good of the people around us. There is no doubt that God is with us in all of this, and going by testimonies of survivors of the virus, the few that I have listened to, who went through the whole process of the illness, it was God that brought them through it. I have listened to about four or five of them, and each testimony had this in common: each person was surprised by the brute force of the disease and its ability to weaken them, and each person came to a point where they felt was the lowest point and they only pulled through by the grace of God.
We can spend time asking questions: Why, God? Why do you allow the disease to come? Why do you allow people to die in huge numbers? Why do you allow people to suffer and lose jobs etc? We might get some answers. Or we might not. But the best thing to do is not to dwell on the situation, but to go back to God for His help through the crisis. He is still God. And He’s the only one who can help us out of this situation. Regardless of the reasons why He allowed this, we know one thing for sure: God loves us and it is still His desire that all men come to Him. So, let’s turn our focus to Him alone and declare like Job did, ‘though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.’ Job 13:15 NKJV
Everything looks bleak now if we look at the numbers of infected people and the numbers that are dead, it’s just frightening. Imagine the families touched by the disease and deaths. Every deceased person must have at least one person mourning them now. In some families, there are multiple deaths. How do you empathize with them or console them?
Because God is still God, we know for sure, this is not the end. A new day will dawn where COVID-19 will be a thing of the past. It will happen soon. This is the time to prepare for that day. Keep hope alive. Set your sites on the future to come. Look beyond the now. Look beyond the darkness and see light. The promise of a better tomorrow. That is our hope. We have hope in God and we believe that this season will pass. We will have cause to praise God again. We will be able to look back and recount His faithfulness and His mercies to us. He does all things well. Though we might not see it now, He is at work in the background, using even this sad experience to mold us into the people He wants us to be.
For now, let’s look again at the wonderful works of God and thank Him for the things He has blessed us with. Let us acknowledge the things we have, while we also trust Him with the things we cannot understand, knowing that He loves us completely and will perfect all that concerns us according to His perfect timing. Amen.
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God! Psalm 43: 5 NLT
Stay safe, stay at home!
Enjoy this song, “What a wonderful world” sung by Louis Armstrong