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IN A TIME OF GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

A time of global Pandemic


COVID-19 has been dominating our headlines, not to mention fake news with their fear-mongering plaguing the internet and installing fear and anxiety in people.

Overall COVID-19 has been disrupting life all over the globe. It is an invisible foe by which many have fallen sick and by which many have sadly lost their lives.

According to the world health organisation (WHO), COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome. The actual name of Coronavirus is SARS-COV2.

Where does Coronavirus come from?


The disease originated from Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and is related to the illegal wildlife trade (wet markets) and its consumption. Coronavirus has been named COVID-19, which stands for “Coronavirus disease 2019.”

The disease originated from Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and is related to the illegal wildlife trade (wet markets) and its consumption. Coronavirus has been named COVID-19, which stands for “Coronavirus disease 2019.


God existed as a community before everything was formed.


Since 2020, we have lived under draconian restrictions; which have decimated the economy, torn families apart, and caused untold damage to our mental health and children’s education.

Social distancing and wearing a mask in public have become the new normality.


However, the community is God’s desire for us: it is written in His Word and evidenced in His Being. God exists as a community- He is God the Trinity, one God revealed in three persons (The Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit). God existed as a community before everything was formed.

Hence, this sense of community that is very much present in us comes from the fact that we are made in God’s image, (Genesis 1:26). Yet in a time of the global pandemic, spending time with one another in the community has not been possible. Not to mention that again, COVID-19 is threatening to disrupt the service this Easter Sunday. Even if some Churches are having a virtual mass, they are not necessarily available to all.

Many Christians feel trapped and it is easy to become fearful, nervous, frustrated, anxious, and even to sink into discouragement and despair. These are perfectly understandable feelings.


However, even if Parishioners have not filled the pews last Easter and may not be filling the pews this Easter Sunday 2021, we need to trust that God has a plan for us. His plans are infallible and will never be thwarted.


Rejoice God is in Control


It is of great importance to point out that God is NEITHER the Author of this evil crisis NOR is this crisis the outpouring of His righteous Wrath. COVID-19 is simply a natural event that is not unique in history. In 1918, a Spanish flu pandemic outbreak infected 500 million people worldwide, whilst killing 50 million to 100 million worldwide. Also, infectious disease experts have been anticipating a pandemic and have been warning our governments for many years.


Nonetheless, even if things seem to be spinning out of control, God is sovereign over all things. He has not abandoned us amid this crisis. How can God abandon us when He made us for Himself? When we were estranged from Him, He reconciled us with Himself through His sacrifice on the cross, (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16-17). We are the “apple of His eye,” (Zechariah 2:8).


Jesus Christ is a personal God who draws near to us in love. He is our greatest friend. He meets us in all places including our places of isolation. The Bible tells us if we are faced with troubles of various kinds, (John 16:33) Jesus draws closer to us and prepares Himself to shoulder our burdens.


How can God abandon us when He made us for Himself?


If you are harbouring feelings of discouragement, remember that God is sovereign over all things. As a matter of fact, the introduction of new vaccines is His miracle work. Jesus is the Lord of miracles, (Mark 9:23). Therefore, rejoice, for there is hope for the future, now with the news that the vaccines would be speedily rolled out across the UK.


Trust that Jesus will use this period of CRISIS to do amazing things in your personal life, in the Christian community, and throughout the world.


The future will be bright again for the faithful, because Jesus is the Light of the World and the darkness cannot extinguish the Light, no matter how many times it tries, (John 1:4-5).

God cares for us


The Bible reveals how deeply God cares for us in our struggle and suffering or when we face trials of all kinds.


Let’s have a look at ten biblical passages and be empowered by them:

1. “FEAR NOT, FOR I AM WITH YOU; BE NOT DISMAYED, FOR I AM YOUR GOD; I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU, I WILL HELP YOU, I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS HAND”

(Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

In this passage of Scripture, God personally speaks to us. God tells us He is with us; He will strengthen us and uphold us. For this reason, we should not be afraid.


2. “NEVER WOULD I LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU”

(Hebrews 13:5 ESV)

God will never leave us nor forsake us. We’ve been given this assurance by the Lord of this universe that He will never abandon us. This alone should be our source of contentment and our portion of serenity. God will stand by us every step of the way.


3. THEREFORE, I TELL YOU, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT YOU WILL EAT OR DRINK; OR ABOUT YOUR BODY, WHAT YOU WILL WEAR. IS NOT LIFE MORE THAN FOOD, AND THE BODY MORE THAN CLOTHES? LOOK AT THE BIRDS OF THE AIR: THEY DO NOT SOW OR REAP OR GATHER INTO BARNS- AND YET YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDS THEM. ARE YOU NOT MUCH VALUABLE THAN THEY? WHO OF YOU BY WORRYING CAN ADD A SINGLE HOUR TO HIS LIFE? (Matthew 6:25-27 NIV)

Even amid this worrisome time, Jesus assures us that He is there for us. Therefore, we should not worry, but trust that He will care both for us and our family. But if we still worry, look to Him and His peace that transcends all understanding will guard our heart and mind, (Philippians 4:6-7).


4. “WHOEVER CONFESSES THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD, GOD ABIDES IN THEM AND THEM IN GOD”

(1 John 4:15 ESV)

After the miracle of salvation, we are united to Christ by faith, and He abides in us. Abiding in us is a special relationship that the Lord offers to each faithful person. He tells us that we are His and teaches us to depend on Him and through this union, we receive the “sap” of His grace.


5. “THE LORD IS NEAR TO THE BROKEN-HEARTED AND SAVES THE CRUSHED IN SPIRIT”

(Psalm 34:18 NIV)

God is a loving, faithful, and compassionate Father, who loves His children unconditionally. He meets with us in our lonely places and draws closer to us when we are hurting. If you are hurting in isolation, God sees your hurt and is not indifferent to your pain. Jesus is sovereign over our lives and His help is always available. Open your heart to Him and allow Him to revive your spirit and heal your broken heart.

6. “ONE WHO HAS UNRELIABLE FRIENDS SOON COMES TO RUIN, BUT THERE IS A FRIEND WHO STICKS CLOSER THAN A BROTHER”

(Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Jesus dwells within us through the power communicated by the Holy Spirit. He is closer to us than any family member. Not only is He the Lover of our soul, but our best Friend. And what a Friendship we have with Jesus- He listens to us, comforts us and He will always stick with us in both happy and tough times.


7. “I NO LONGER CALL YOU SERVANTS, BECAUSE A SERVANT DOES NOT KNOW HIS MASTER’S BUSINESS. INSTEAD, I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS, FOR EVERYTHING THAT I LEARNED FROM MY FATHER I HAVE MADE KNOWN TO YOU.”

(John 15:15 NIV)

Jesus is not only the Friend who is always available to us, but He calls us friends. Jesus shares great intimacy with us. This intimate relationship that we share means that we are never lonely, and we never lack understanding, guidance, or compassion. As Christ’s true friends, we’ve been given the greatest privileges to enjoy and know the Father, to enjoy all the advantages of His promises and the revelation of His “secrets.”

8. “PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF COMPASSION AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT, WHO COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES, SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THOSE IN ANY TROUBLE WITH THE COMFORT WE RECEIVE FROM GOD” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)

God loves us deeply and comforts us in all our troubles by acting as the compassionate, loving, and faithful Father that He is. And from what we’ve experienced, it somehow impels us to return the same grace to others. Even if this disease separates us from our loved ones, our friends, and our community, we can offer our support by calling them or reaching out to them online. We are called to raise others above ourselves. It is part of our Christian walk, and this crisis gives us the right opportunity.


9. “BUT NOW IN CHRIST JESUS YOU WHO ONCE WERE FAR AWAY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST”

(Ephesians 2:13 ESV)

There was a time, we were estranged from God because of sin. However, the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed us and brought us near to God. How near? We were adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family. The benefits of being adopted into God’s family give us the highest privilege -an intimate relationship with Him and a close fellowship with Him. God assuredly deals with His Children differently than He deals with the rest of the world. God is the perfect Father who earnestly reveals the full meaning of His relationship with His sons and daughters through His Son, Jesus Christ.


10. “THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; I SHALL NOT WANT. HE MAKES ME LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES; HE LEADS ME BESIDE QUIET WATERS. HE RESTORES MY SOUL; HE GUIDES ME IN THE PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR THE SAKE OF HIS NAME”

(Psalm 23:1-3 ESV)

The Great Shepherd (Jesus) cares for us. He has promised to meet us in our deserts, our loneliness, in our quarantine, and to lead and guide us spiritually, to carry our burdens, to renew our minds, to restore our souls when we grow tired and weary, to comfort our aching hearts and to give us inner peace.

Remember, God has never asked us to rely on our strength. He tells us that He will be our strength and carry our burdens, (Matthew 11:28).


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