Matt 24:7-8 … and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Coronavirus is evidence that despite medical breakthroughs, nature is always some steps ahead of science. So there is no particular time that man can be so intelligent that he would no longer need his creator. Even in the most developed economies and among the richest folks, there will always be a time when things will get out of human control and all will seek God’s control.
Jesus particularly warned that the sign of his coming will include wars, famines, earthquakes, terrorism, deceits and pestilences. Our generation has seen these all: corrupt governments that refuse to make roads and hospitals causing countless preventable deaths as well as fake prophets feeding people with lies and ignorance thereby causing their destruction. Terrorism, tsunami, hurricane, cancer, HIV, Ebola and now Covid-19.
Suddenly, the rich are forced to cry. Steve Jobs, the rich CEO of Apple died of cancer, while great political figures such as the First lady of Spain and Canada tested positive of coronavirus. But will all these evils just fizzle away?
Unfortunately, Jesus said, “All these are the beginning of sorrows”. It means if Jesus tarries there may be no happier world, things may go worse . Sorrow is a spiritual force and its target is to destroy joy. Nobody is too rich or poor for sorrow, because in as much you have things that make you glad, sorrow is willing to make you cry.
There are scriptures promising protection from pestilences, but does that mean believers would all be insulated from end-time viruses? Jesus says “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive…” (Matt 24:22a). Thus, If the days of viruses are prolonged all will die! That includes the pastors and the choir leaders, the politicians and the businessmen. End time epidemics are no respecter of persons in their spread and destruction.
But that does not mean God wants to withdraw his control, mercy and love from us. Jesus says “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened ” (Matt 24:22). It means God won’t allow epidemics to wipe out his elects, but neither would he insulate them from viruses. Instead, God is going to quickly terminate the spread of evil viruses so that the casualties can be curtailed. Put differently, God does not promise exclusive protection for his elects during these woes, but for the sake of his elects, God is willing to make the evil stop for the whole world!
Beloved believer, when it comes to epidemics, God loves you as much as he loves the whole world but you are his priority and the reason God will save the whole world. Remember you are the salt of the world, meaning you are saved to be a solution and you are not useful except when you make impacts.
This is not the time for selfish prayers of personal protection, because unless the days are shortened no saint will survive. Rather, it is time for God’s elects to remind him they are still here and cry to him to make the plague stop! You will only be safe when there is a solution that will keep everyone safe!
We pray Lord, let the days of COVID-19 be terminated in Jesus name!
Author: Oyindamola Adejumo-Ayibiowu PhD
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