What the first quarter/half of 2020 brought to our lives and almost the whole world was the Lockdown phenomenon which none had expected or seen in their wildest of dreams. Locked down by the Government, locked in at home and locked out of society to say the least. All three had it's varying effects on individuals and rightly a version 2.0 of most persons was unlocked. Perhaps the extended lockdowns in some places must have unlocked versions 3.0 and 4.0. We can put our names before the versions and see how it sounds.
What we really are, must have unfolded in our homes. The frustrations, the disappointments, the fears and finally giving in to the "let the boat sail where the winds are taking it" attitude.
From the Christian's view point, no amount of prayer and fasting and worship seems to be moving the heart of Almighty God, though there are many individual miracles. People have died by the lacs, millions afflicted by the dreaded disease COVID 19.
Some Christians are looking anew at Psalm 91 and Psalm 121 (from different angles) to see whether they can escape the pandemic, learning new epidemiological terms all along. The 1990s made us learn new words like Tsunami, now its Pandemic and containment zones.
After 2 months of being locked down, most are in the Unlock phase, though some are still in different versions of Lockdowns. People, even believers in Jesus Christ are asking questions...
Where is God amidst all this? Simple answer- He is still on the heavenly throne, ruling over all his creation. He hasn't changed, he has always stuck to his original version- omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Why isn't he doing anything regarding Covid 19? Well, he's always working to achieve the plans and purposes of his heart. He's overseen all epidemics and pandemics and everything in between.
One thing is for sure. Life will never be the same post COVID 19. But for the believing Christian, Jesus's advice was put forth centuries back. It says,
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."
(Revelation 22:11, 12)
The pandemic and the pain it's causing makes no sense to many, but as a believing Christian, one can always know for sure and say that... "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)