By His Grace: A nation in need of healing from COVID-19
On March 29, our great nation was given another order extending the Stay-in-Shelter until April 30. The older generation is not particularly into the technology of Dual, Facetime or Messenger; many have concluded this pandemic has now become burdensome. In some instances, family members are caregivers to their loved ones who are elderly and worry what will happen next.
“Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Never in history have so many been affected by a pandemic such as COVID-19. Nations around the world have closed their borders to their neighbors. The most iconic holy sites such as Mecca, the Vatican and the Temple Mount have closed to all visitors who come to worship. Entertainment on all levels has ceased. And, most noticeably, our fellowship amongst one another -- be it locally or from afar -- has been temporarily halted. Perhaps God allowed these things to occur for a greater gain.
It was never by coincidence that our great nation is experiencing this unnerving crisis. Some may call it judgment upon the land by God or a biochemical attack. Some may simply brush it off as another virus that ran rampart. No matter the cause, it is real. The virus has forever altered the way we shall live and think going forward. It is time to press the reset button and contemplate what will come out of it in the end.
Before COVID-19, the world was fast on a course of no return. A nation separated from the Creator. The commandments set long ago have been disregarded as old and outdated. In the heart of man pride, prejudice and hatred have risen above love. The standard of God to govern our lives has seemingly been abandoned and has been replaced with new rules that hold no one accountable for wrongdoing.
And so it appears the United States, which was founded on godly principles, no longer holds to truth for which it stands.
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God." --John Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.
We as believers are to remember God is Infinite: And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
God’s love for you and me is true: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? It is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
And most importantly God is faithful: "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands."
Perhaps the calamity we are experiencing with the virus is connected to our unwillingness to making God first once again in our time, family and resources. This virus has created a greater awareness to our need of God. It has brought family otherwise too busy doing life to reconnect. God is a jealous God, it is time to seek him earnestly in pray and praise.
So fear not, for the Lord promises even in this to never leave you nor forsake you. Where he goes, you will be also.
And for those who are concerned know there is Hope, Healing and Protection.
(From 2 Samuel 22:2-4 and other biblical passages)
The God of my rock, in him will I trust. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my high tower and my refuge, my savior.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in you; let them ever shout for joy because you defend them. Let those also who love your name be joyful in you.
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief. You consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth.
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Amen.
May the Lord keep you and bless you continuously in Jesus' name, Amen.
Bible references: Luke 8:50 ; Colossians 1:17; Romans 8:35-39 NIV; Deuteronomy 7:9; Hebrews 13:5; John 14:3; 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 4:8; Psalm 5:11; Psalm 10:14; Psalm 32:7; Psalm 33:12-14; Romans 12:12. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.
Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.