Because of the economic crisis that COVID 19 has created in the world, all of our lives have been transformed. Perhaps some of us are asking why God has not stop the spread of COVID 19 as yet. I don’t know the answer but if the truth be told, we were in an environment where virtually everything and almost everyone were moving too fast and we had no time for God. We were always on the run whether, walking, travelling on a plane or driving in vehicles rushing to and fro. Some of us spent more hours at the workplace then at our homes. We were so caught up in pursuing money and material things to keep up with the Joneses or to maintain or upgrade our lifestyles. We did not have time to prepare family meals at home so we ate out a lot. Some of us were hardly getting adequate sleep as we were so preoccupied either trying to keep up with this fast world or worrying about the future or what people think about us.
Prior to COVID 19, we wish more than 24 hours existed in a day. Now we wish there was less than 24 hours in a day because we cannot stand the fact that we are confined to one place most of the time. However, if we were to truly reflect and examine how we used to live, something had to slow us down and COVID 19 has accomplished that.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
During this time, let us be still and use this opportunity to study the word of God, meditate on the word of the God and listen to the voice of God. Remember God is our refuge and strength and all of our help comes from God. Despite how the economic outlook appears, be still and watch the move of God. Be still and watch how families are coming together. Be still and hear the many stories of people who are now getting the opportunity to sleep adequately. Be still and hear the stories of how many persons are now eating better and healthier. Be still and watch how people are turning to God for answers. Be still and do not be afraid. Your boss may have notified you that he or she can no longer retain you. You may know some friends and family members who were tested positive for COVID 19. Whatever your situation is, do not be afraid. God is right there in our midst. Be faithful to the end. God will work it out for all of us. Be still and recognize that God is in control and has the answers. It is not the politicians, it is not the employers and it is not the wealthy people. Be still and get to know how awesome and great our God is.
Let us be still in the presence of God and wait and see how God will be exalted among the World. Once we get to know God fully, we can change our world. A world that worships God. A world that that fears God. A world that puts God first. A world that trusts God. A world that will slow down and listen to the voice of God. A world that will have compassion and love for one another. A world that will be better than what it was prior to COVID 19.