By Ivan Naijuka
At the moment, the world is ‘upside-down’. Hearts are gripped in fear of this Coronavirus pandemic, and we need to be careful, no question about it. However, we don’t have to live in fear.
Most of us have not seen anything close to such a plague that has left the whole world on its knees. While talking to my good old (in age) friend, he said such things as closing churches, schools, markets and all gatherings would happen during war times.
When he told me that, I thought to myself that we need to be praying often. This is a great opportunity for evangelism. This is going to open people’s hearts like we haven’t seen in a long time. People are afraid. People are anxious.
People are just outright scared, and this is an opportunity for the Church to pray for revival so God may use each and every one of us to preach to the unbelieving world.
This would help many put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, that they could come to know that their sins are forgiven, and gain hope for Heaven through Jesus Christ who died on the Cross to take away our sin.
Jesus Christ is alive, and He is coming back. What an opportunity to share this message with the world!
2Chronicles 7:14 expounds on this: “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.”
God wants us to turn to Him and leave our sinful desires. Recently we heard about the locust invasion, now we are threatened by Covid-19 and many more might come unless we turn to God in repentance.
This Coronavirus has proved that everything around us is so transitory. Things our lives revolved around – work, gym, movies, friends and hangouts – have all gone for a toss as we are learning to live without them.
It has taught us that in the end, it is your own home and family that keeps you safe. Maybe your heart has been gripped by fears, just like millions of others, because of the Coronavirus pandemic. But I want you to know that God loves you. He made you.
He created you. He knows everything about your life. You don’t need to be afraid. Jesus said: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Therefore, I encourage you even when you have isolated yourself, don’t fear the virus but be concerned. When you fear you get drained, but when you are concerned you mind about each other.
You mind about what you eat, where you move, where you are going. You don’t have to die now. Being concerned leads us into action.