The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the whole world to its knees. Not even the wealth or advanced technologies of the West have been able to improve matters. In fact, the West has been hit a lot harder than Africa, not because we are better off or stronger, but because of God’s mercies upon us.
Scientists have been working round the clock to find a cure or vaccination but so far, there does not appear to be light at the end of the tunnel. Early in the year we were advised that hydroxychloroquine, which has been used for several decades to treat malaria, was the solution to Covid-19. But the World Health Organization – whether with good intentions or not – dismissed the drug as ineffective. This is despite rumours that some people have used it successfully. So, with no man-made cure in sight, what should we do while scientists continue seeking a solution?
The good news is that despite the death and heartache hovering over the world due to the pandemic, God has been healing many of those who are falling sick with the virus, and we should be thankful to Him for this. The Lord has promised that He has good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11-13). He has also offered us a solution to the pandemic in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, which says: “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Covid-19 is the worst pestilence to hit the world this century. In addition, the level of immorality today is worse than even that of Sodom and Gomorrah, and therefore God is justified to destroy the world with pestilences like the coronavirus. It is only by His mercies that we are not consumed.
If history is anything to go by, finding a vaccine could take several years if not decades. For example, the common flu and various cancers have ravaged man for centuries yet no cure is in sight, which is why doctors resort to treating the symptoms. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. Before Covid-19 surfaced in Kenya, we had floods and locusts ravaging our land. We cried out to God and He gave us relief. Similarly, the solution to the pandemic lies with God, not scientists. And because God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent (Numbers 23:19), we need to take Him at His word according to 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 by humbling ourselves and crying out to Him. Only then can we find lasting relief.
When Jonah was sent to the people of Nineveh to warn them of looming catastrophic divine punishment because of their wickedness, their king realised that their only recourse was to return to God. He immediately humbled himself before God and ordered a three-day fast for the people and their animals. The result: God heard their cry and withheld the catastrophe, and Nineveh was saved. This is what Kenya and the rest of the world need to do to be saved from the pandemic.
Unlike the King of Nineveh, who was a heathen, there are very many believers in Kenya who know and love God. And because the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God (2 Corinthians 10:4), let the Church of Christ “put on the whole armour of God” according to Ephesians 6:10-18, wage war against the pandemic, and the rest of the world will follow. Then the coronavirus will be a thing of the past to the glory of the Lord.
Is this possible? Yes, “for with God, nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37). And who is the Church? It comprises every believer, including you and me. Let us start as individuals, interceding for ourselves, families, friends, leaders, fellow Kenyans and the rest of the world. We need not wait to be organised by anyone. God is looking for someone to stand in the gap before Him on behalf of the land of Kenya so that He does not destroy it (Ezekiel 22:30), and you and me can be that someone. Who knows? Perhaps God by His abundant mercies will graciously spare us and make us His remnant.
The Bible says all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). It follows that despite the tribulations caused by the pandemic, some good things have also happened to us. God has given us a grand chance to re-evaluate our life priorities. He allowed churches to close down and wants us to learn that although going to church is a good thing, it is not the most important thing in our spiritual life.
God has caused us to slow down and focus more on Him, seek Him and His mercies. This is what He values most – intimate fellowship with Him. We have been forced to spend more quality time/fellowship with our families, which many men forsake in pursuit of wealth. We have also learned to have fellowship with other people using Zoom, Webex and other communication technologies that have previously been the preserve of the elite.
Instead of waiting on Sunday for a single sermon from our beloved pastors, we can now listen to or watch good messages from great men and women of God from all over the world via YouTube, TV, Facebook and other social media platforms. Although I am not a great fan of TV, I have fallen in love with some programmes and channels such as Its Supernatural by Sid Roth, Christ TV, Divine Kingdom Baptist Ministries and Kakande Ministries. I have also had more time to pray and study God’s word. In other words, I have not been idle. I admit that I miss the physical fellowship with other men but at least God has given us some relief.
I do not know when the sovereign God will remove Covid-19 from us or what He has in store for us after this season, but I know in all this, He has good plans for us. And He has given us more time to prepare for His return. Whatever challenges God allows to come our way, let us strive to look for the good instead of succumbing to fear, murmuring and blaming. I wish you a fear-free and faith-full time.