Covid-19 will end if…
By Ogboji Ezekiel
It is no longer news that ending of 2019 brought pandemic that is ravaving the world today. Truly political leaders and world health organisation are trying their best to see end to this. Upon all the sleepless night by the leaders to see end to this, the case is still rising. Even though some measures have been put in place but all to no avail.
May I remind us that until we do what is needful, coronavirus will not end. The truth is that using same formula will continue to bring same result. We need to try formula we have not tried.
Mass gatherings were banned but today gradual relaxation is taking place to some like market, government agencies etc but the one that should be the first is neglected. We must note that the stone that builders rejected (Christ) must be the chief corner stone.
May I state that this pandemic will not end until the creator and controller of the universe will be officially be involved. The world leaders forget that:
(1) By strength shall no man prevail. We must note that “There is no king saved by much strength, A horse is a vain thing for safety: Neither shall he deliver any by his great strength (psalm 33:16-17). Stopping religious activities is same as beating around the bush. In mosque, Muslims prays to the creator. In church, Christians prays to the creator too for his intervention.
(2) Efforts without official divine involvement is futility. The holy writ put it, ” commit your works unto Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established”(prov.16:3). I know that many argues that we can pray in our houses, the truth remains that holy writ stated that we should not neglect the gathering of brethren. There are many who do not know how to pray unless they are stirred up by others. Some others view cry to religious gathering due to offerings and tithe. The truth remains that real religious faithfuls does not eat their tithes and offerings. Others talk about online services but how many are online?. O! They have easily forgotten that iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another. As people gathers to pray, souls are lifted to God thereby attracting divine attention. It is better to monitor social distancing strictly than to keep churches closed. Religious gathering is like power generator. If engine is not steaming, the effect of the engine will not be felt. How can light shine if the power house is not active.
(3) I applaud strict monitoring of boarders but truth remains that “except the lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: it is in vain one rise up early to sit up late to eat the bread of sorrow. For so he giveth his beloved sleep (prov. 127:1-2).
Few days ago the effort of my governor stirred up my mind to pray for him because i found out that he sleeps not in order to see that the virus does not enter the state, but am surprised to hear that upon all the effort the state is recording seven now. The truth remains that except the lord watch the city, men watch in vain.
(4)God is waiting O! This is a battle. We cannot win unless we invite the lord of host. God stated, ” call upon me in the day of trouble: i will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me”(Psalm 50:15). God is our strength and refuge, a very present help in trouble, Psalm 46:1. We are in trouble and we need to call Him. This is because God stated “if my people which ate called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will i hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land, (2 Chron. 7:14). The word ” SEEK MY FACE” is the main solution to Covid-19. Jesus stated in Matthew 23:39, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say blessed is he that cometh in the name of the lord.
(5)Seeking God is the solution to this war. I recall in 2 Kings 6:24-7:20.Famine caused women to ate their babies but as soon as God was involved, food came plenty. Dearly beloved, since market population is greater than religious gathering population. Note that social distancing is not possible in market, we know that market is open to avoid hunger, but truth is that is only living eats. If God did not give life, can you eat let alone of market. Our human plans will not stop coronavirus. Religious organisation should be allowed to appease God. This is because God has final say.
MY HUMBLE ADVICE
- May creator be sought earnestly if we all we live to tell the story.
- If religious gathering is to be open, social distancing can be seriously checked.
- Bannig of religious gathering is same as removing God from this matter.
- If we call God as nation he will answer and heal our land.
- I advocate for national prayers.
- COVID-19 WILL END IF GOD IS officially involved.
STAY SAFE, STAY SAFE.
Rev. Ogboji Ezekiel O.