We are currently being disturbed in one way or the other by the famous coronavirus. The last time a pandemic struck the world was the Spanish flu in 1918, one entire century ago.
The virus in shape of a crown (corona means crown in Spanish) appeared only a few months ago in China and quickly spread not only in the Asian continent but covered the entire earth. Today, most of the Western countries and few African countries are completely locked down. The borders are closed and the population cannot enjoy the usual leisure of their city because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every government is hopeless regarding the crisis and as time goes by, each of their speeches about this topic seem more alarming than the previous.
As I am concerned, when the coronavirus started, I was very careless. I was not worried at all, and carried on with my life, completely ignoring the spread of the virus. I was not watching the news so I was not really exposed to the information regarding it.
But one day, after talking to my family and friends in France, I decided to watch the speech of some leaders and the word ‘war’ resonated in my mind. For the first time, I faced the reality of the pandemic and fear infiltrated my entire body. I was thinking about my family’s safety, and started to be worried.
Immediately I called upon the Lord and I felt peace upon me. God is taking care of my family regardless of the situation in the world.
Later on, I came across this verse and everything was clearer to me.
‘And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.’ Matthew 24 :6-8 NKJV
My question for you today is: during the time of chaos, who do you listen to? Who do you believe?
Some of us are so embedded in listening to the media that we forget that the most important one to listen is God.
According to the Cambridge dictionary the word believe is defined as ‘accepting something is true especially without proof.’
Most of the time, it is easier to believe our common human sense, believe what we can see and trust our flesh over our spirit.
The nation has been disabled by the coronavirus, and many have insane behaviour towards this pandemic. Some people fight for toilet roll in the supermaket. Others are very irritable and strictly refuse anyone getting too close to them and by doing so, over emphasize social distancing. People are lead by fear and hopelessness.
Nevertheless, there is one attribute of God that we often forget: HE IS OMNIPOTENT
What does that mean?
The Cambridge dictionary defined omnipotent as ‘having unlimited power and being able to do anything.’
Therefore, when Angel Gabriel came to give a good news to Zacharias the priest, this one was sent by the omnipotent God.
‘But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. ’ Luke 1 :13-14 NKJV
And yet, Zacharias questioned the good news, he did not simply accept it. Ironically, Zacharias was nothing else but a priest, so how could he doubt the word of Angel Gabriel ?
‘Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”’ Luke 1:18-20 NIV
Zacharias was praying, but could not imagine his prayer being heard. Probably because, he and his wife were praying to God for a very long time about a child. Thereby, Zacharias was continuously making supplication, but he did not believe. He believed what he could humanly see – meaning, him and his wife were elderly and his wife was sterile. How many of us have been in this situation? We pray about something so extreme and not humanly possible but yet, we still do not believe that it can actually happen. We dare to pray about something that we have not yet seen with our own eyes, but we do not dare to believe that it can happen.
We forget the omnipotent attribute of our mighty God.
Many of us are praying for God to eradicate coronavirus, but many also do not believe God can possibly erase this virus, that God himself has the power to do so.
But because Zacharias did not believe the good news from the angel Gabriel he was punished and left dumb until the birth of his son.
It is important to highlight that even in Zacharias’ disbelief, the angel did not take back his blessing. He did not take back the promise of a son to Zacharias. Instead, Zacharias faced the consequences of his unbelief and became dumb.
Those verses emphasise God’s mercy and love towards us, the word of God is never void, when he says something it will surely happen.
‘So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.’ Isaiah 55 :11 NKJV
to be continued next week