By V.J. Wakefield
Hello and welcome back to my blog. I hope you all are doing well where ever you are. Look, I know that the intro seems like the kind of thing that is not worth your time but I PROMISE that this is one of the most important things that you might read, especially during these times. So let’s talk about the ever-present topic of Corona Virus.
For those of you who are unaware of the current international situation, the Coronavirus, ( Also known as COVID-19) is a current worldwide pandemic, known as an airborne diseases virus that infects through laden drops, (Not specifically set in stone. Look to the bottom of the page for more information).
This virus has hit the U.S., Italy, and China the hardest, and this virus leading to schools being canceled, businesses shutting down, people losing jobs, Church being canceled, and to people going under quarantine in their houses, not being able to be with their friends or family. I should know because I’m in quarantine. You might be thinking why I’m talking about it, I mean, my blog is literally named Stories of Hope, why am I talking about this? Well, as it so happens the Bible actually predicted the virus, along with the other tragedies that happened during this and last years.
It sounds weird, but it’s true! It’s right there. In 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 God says 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.” ( New International Version, 2 Chr 7:13-14). Let’s break this down.
First, God says that he would shut up Heaven so no rain can come down. I don’t know about you, but this reminds me of the Australian Bush Fires, the tragic event in Australia which killed 33 people, 3 of which were volunteer Firefighters, burned down 3,000 homes and burning 25.5 acres of land, according to The Verge. Then He goes on and says locusts would devour the land. I’m not sure if this was talked a whole lot, but in East Africa and in South Asia, they have suffered the worst Locust infestation in the last century. According to BBC, locusts eat their own body weight, which means that they are multiplying quickly, and the fight against locusts is a costly one. The last thing He said was to happen was that a plague would come upon His people. The Coronavirus. All of the things listed out in this scripture are happening in real-time, meaning this was all bound to happen.
Now, some people might blame God for all of this happening. Complaining to others that if God loved His people, then He would have never have done this to us. I’m here to tell you…
THAT IS NOT TRUE!!!!
Are you crazy?!?! God is a good God regardless of what happens on earth. Plus, all of these catastrophes are NOT GOD’S FAULT. I argue that it is ours. Mankind. And before you click off, please hear me out. In the verse, God said that He shut up the Heavens. Why? Because of what the rest of the verse said:
“…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.” (New International Version, 2 Chr 7:14).
He shut up the Heavens because of our sins. We caused all of this to happen, and by doing this, God is trying to lead us to Him, so we can go to Him to forgive our sins and fix what we have done and to trust Him, not our own hands.
So what do we do now? Well, do exactly what God tell us to do in the verse:
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.” (New International Version, 2 Chr 7:14).
We need to humble ourselves before the Lord, seek Him and turn from our ways. We need to turn to God, humble ourselves, and turn from our ways. He said that if we do this, He will forgive our sins and heal our land. This is a message to you, the reader. Please I implore you, humble yourself, seek out God, pray for forgiveness, and turn from your wicked ways. It might seem difficult, but it will be worth it for the result of your sins being forgiven and the land being healed.
I know these are hard times in the world, and everything feels like it’s never going to end, but if you listen to the actual Word of God, then we can be able to understand how to handle this situation. Please trust God, because even though everything is bad right now, He is still good.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ( New International Version, Psa 46:1).
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