Yesterday I read this one Christians’ scripture and thoughts about Covid-19:
Deuteronomy 28:58-60 NAS
“If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses. And He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.”
His comment: “Folks, we do not need to brag how we are going to get through this. We need to get on our knees, repent of our sins as a nation, and ask God to heal our land.”
Pretty harsh. I know I posted earlier this week my own scripture quote that God will use this for His good, and I found myself defending a more hopeful outlook such as:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I do cling to a God of Hope who sent His son to die for us for the forgiveness of sins. And I know there is a time to be humble and call on our God and come before Him with honor and reverence. We worship a mighty God. Let His name be exalted. And then call on Him with your prayers and supplications.
So I don’t think my fellow Christian is wrong. And it’s not necessary to argue or debate. The God of the Old Testament does seem vengeful. Our Good Father wants us to trust and obey. But that isn’t the end of the story. There is a time and place for everything. And our God is merciful and we can have Hope because of Him.
John 16:33 New International Version (NIV)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Romans 5:3-5 New International Version (NIV)
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Amen and Thank you Jesus