It’s the end of October 2020, but much of the world is still struggling to oust the coronavirus from its midst. For many, it has been a devastating year indeed! So many lives lost! So many people debilitated by the illness! So many grieving! So many living in fear.
How I wish there were a magic wand to wave this virus away! Earlier this summer, I read a couple of newspaper reports containing grim details regarding the escape of this virus into society. It wasn’t pleasant reading at all. Whether it is a conspiracy theory or not, no one knows for certain, but the facts remain clear: the world has a virus to deal with, and immunity even if one recovers from a bout of it does not last long. The latter concern was flagged up on the news yesterday after testing previous patients for antibodies. Concern was also raised about current trial vaccines: that the immunity they offer also does not last more than three months at a time.
What can the general populace do to help alleviate the spread of this unconscionable disease that seems also to be a smart disease? We have all been told to keep our social distance from those not within our bubbles. We have all been admonished to wash our hands well after touching surfaces. We have all been tasked with making personal and business sacrifices so as to help reduce the devastating effects of this virus on society. Many people follow these dictums. However, a look around will reveal that many do not! Unfortunately, unless all of us follow the rules, sickness and deaths will continue to rise. And mourning will become more commonplace than ever.
Each day, I pray for those I love and care for: for their safety and health. Each day, I pray for the demise of this virus. Each day, I pray for the world. Each day I pray that my and other people’s prayers may be heard. Yet, there is more to prayer than simply saying that we will pray for recovery. The hard thing is that the world we live in now only pays lip service to God, and there isn’t any real belief in His power, love, and care for us. How often do we take His name in vain? We don’t even do that with people we know! So, why are our prayers often ineffective? This article lists some reasons: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/prayers-hindered-7-ways-to-obstruct-your-prayers-to-god/
My post today is a kind of rambling ruminating exercise. These thoughts have been foremost in my mind for some time now with respect to the health of the world. The Lord wants only good for His creation: but He weeps at the world’s wanton disregard for Him and what He has done for us. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die in place of us for our sins so that we may have eternal life. He wants the best for us. Is it not time now to turn to Him, ask for His forgiveness, and invite Him into our lives? Surely His presence within us must afford those who believe and trust in His goodness some comfort in times of trouble and need. Thus, we have nothing to lose and much to gain.
13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:13-15)