ARE WE UNDER GOD’S JUDGMENT?
God is sovereign and everything that happens is under His control. Do you agree? God has a reason for everything He does or allows. Agreed? Therefore, the worldwide Covid pandemic we are experiencing is under His control and for a reason. Right or wrong? So, the question is, what is God saying to mankind through this? If God is sending a message this big, we should be carefully listening. Are we? Are you?
Unfortunately, most of the world does not believe in a personal Creator God who is concerned about or in control of this world. Therefore, of course, they wouldn’t be listening to Him, but we, His people, should be finally tuned to Him. Even so, the pandemic is making an impact and changing lives among those who don’t believe in God. This is impacting them as well.
But what message are they getting? Perhaps that we are not as in control of everything as we thought. Our big guns, science and medicine, are pretty impotent. I like the way Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Church in Dallas, put it: “This COVID deal is about something bigger. It’s about God showing the whole world, ‘I can shut this mama down whenever I decide to.’”
He referenced 2 Chronicles 16:12-13. The events of Asa’s reign from beginning to end are written in the book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. In the 39th year of his reign, Asa was afflicted with disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness, he did not seek help from the Lord, but only for the physicians.” ASA kept looking to the physicians and he refused to look to the Lord. The result was disastrous for him.
What will it take for people to seek help from the Lord? It seems like quite a lot! How far did 9-11 go to turning a’ Christian’ nation back to God? Not very far! In the 10 plus years since 9-11, we’ve gone much further from God and his Word.
Is COVID God’s judgment like a biblical plague? I don’t think so. When judgment comes, we’ll know it for sure. Is Covid a warning from God? Is He showing mercy out of His love for us so man will see his need of God? I think so. But that’s just my opinion. What’s yours? What do you hear God saying to you? What has He been doing in your life during the past 2 years? How are you responding? (July 11, 2022 Doylestown, PA)
Psalm 86:15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
Psalm 145:8 The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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