Post Mortem

Is God silent in the Pandemic?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/2/2020 12:22:23 PM IST

 The world is undergoing indescribable crises: economically, socially and politically. There seems to be no sign of containment of Coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 cases are rapidly rising daily all over the world. Worldwide, 30,406,813 people were infected, and 951,434 people died. Hospitals have become a place of mourning as people die daily. 

Millions have lost their jobs and do not know where to go and what to do. The future is bleak. Politicians are giving false promises and false hopes. However, the reality is that people have no money, no job, and no food. The economic climate of every country has plunged into a new low, facing a recession, forcing people into insecurity, fear and anxiety.  

On the other hand, God’s people are praying all over the world, crying unto God for help in terms of security, protection and a better life. In most countries, Church buildings remain closed for almost six months. People are longing to go to church services, but restrictions prevail. All over the world, every Christian household has turned into a home church. We are using modern technologies as never before to communicate with each other. Pastors and Church leaders are trying to reach their congregations through Zoom, whatsapp, Facebook, etc., on Sundays to keep their folks intact.    

Where is God, while humanity is suffering beyond description?  Why is God silent? Is not God listening to the prayer and cry of His people? Is God not concerned about the sufferings of people around the world? These are the questions bothering millions of minds. What is the Biblical answer? Has there been any moment that God was silent?  The answer is very much, YES. 

God remained silent for 400 years while people of Israel were suffering slavery under Pharaoh. God remained silent when Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem and destroyed the magnificent temple built by King Solomon and took away the gold, silver and all valuable articles. God remained silent for 400 years between Old Testament and New Testament times until the angel Gabriel was sent to Mary to convey the news that she was going to give birth to Jesus the Saviour of the world. God remained silent when Jesus was hanging on the Cross for the remissions of the sins of the world. 

Further, God was silent when Joseph was kept in a pit and was sold to the Midianites and then to Potiphar, a Captain of Pharoah’s guards. God was silent when Joseph was falsely accused and put in prison by Potiphar. God was silent when Shadrach, Meshach, and Obed-nego were cast into the burning fire. God was silent when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den for his religious belief and discipline. It appeared as if everything reached the dead end. However, God has His way. Was it a dead end? Certainly not, they came out victorious.  God’s silence has a purpose. His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts, our thoughts. His ways are much higher than ours. It takes enormous patience to wait and see its fulfilment. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”.  

The Bible says, God remembered the people of Israel and His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that He has established with them after 400 years. He appeared to Moses in the burning bush, while grazing sheep.  

In Exodus 3:7-8, the Lord said, “I have seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmaster; for I know their sorrow; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land, and a large, unto the land flowing with milk and honey....” 

The Bible teaches that God comes to the rescue when a man reaches his dead end and is in an absolutely helpless condition. After 400 long years, God remembered the fate of the people of Israel in Egypt. God said to Moses, “I have seen the affliction of my people, have heard their cry and know their sorrow”. It is fascinating that God can SEE, HEAR and FEEL. God saw their affliction, heard their cry and felt the situation the children Israel were in Egypt. Then God says, I have come down to deliver and take you to a better place. God’s timing is different from ours. God’s plan is high above ours. 

God is not subject to any power on earth. He is sovereign and self-existent. He acts according to His own will, plan and pleasure. In the Coronavirus pandemic people across the world irrespective of nationality, culture, languages and religion are suffering beyond description. Poor and rich, black and white, educated and uneducated, all are on the same boat today. Is God looking at and hearing their cry? God has His timing and ways to act and deliver people from the suffering of the Pandemic. So don’t lose faith in Him. He will indeed act and deliver you and me from this dreadful situation called Coronavirus pandemic.  So, let us continue to wait and trust on the God Jehovah the deliverer of Israel. We have no other choice!

 Jeremiah 17:7, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is”.  

Bishop (Dr) P. R. Parichha, DD

(The writer is the Founder of India Evangelistic Association and Community Church of India. He is the Former Chairman of India Missions Association).

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