“…and Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly…and said…O Lord, God of our fathers, …in your hand are power and might, …if disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you … and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save … O our God… for we are powerless against this… coming against us. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO BUT OUR EYES ARE ON YOU “.
2 Chronicles 20:5-12.
The outbreak of the Covid _19 is threatening people’s living, comfort, plans, and norms, just like in the bible days and other times in world history when wars, widespread famine, and other plaques spurred lots of speculations, fear and an outcry for a solution. In ancient Egyptian civilization, we were told that famines occurred (Genesis 12; 10 and 41: 54, 56-57) and they were severe in ALL the earth. Even though people at the time had and relied strongly on their agrarian system, the bible tells us that Joseph, a man of Israel decent; the chosen and royal nation, salvaged the situation in his time by the help of God (Genesis 41:53-57).
In the book of Joshua, we see how the children of Israel by the help of God conquered the immoral occupants of the lands God promised them. The Kings, together with the subjects of the conquered nations initially had great trust in their war system and strategy. Examples are the king and people of Jericho, of Ai, the five Amorite kings, etc. However, people like Rehab (Joshua 2:8-11) and the Gibeonites in Joshua chapter 9 were saved from destruction. Mind you, these kings, together with their subjects heard of the workings of God but only a few choose to acknowledge His power and rely on Him. Rehab and the Gibeonites trusted NOT in their nation’s war system which eventually failed like the agrarian system in ancient Egyptian civilization.
Conversely, believers, like the nation of Israel in bible times are those chosen people. So much of dealing with this Covid_19 and other pandemics, together with their resulting outcomes depend on us believers. Our prayers, exaltation, and comfort for leaders, the affected and those working at the frontline go a long way. For some, their hope is in the media or some leaders, but we can’t find SURE HOPE in all those; we can’t find it in any world system. Even Dr Tedros, the DG of the World Health Organization hasn’t been speaking with much certainty. Like King Jehoshaphat who was greatly troubled in wartimes, our utmost hope and comfort are in God. Like him, we should seek God’s face and keep surrendering.