Philippe R. Paquette
Future history books will record the current period of our documented “present” forever. As the expression says: “That’s one for the books!” At the very least, for centuries to come… if we still have centuries to come, that is.
If you ask me, it is evident that this awkward and painful current human imbroglio is not only rare, but it is also a singular space-time point in the annals of humanity. After all, we live in the most advanced technological civilization in human time and suddenly, within the shortness of a few hours, the entire world brutally arrested in its steps The whole of humanity is asked, literally, to stop everything and to hide at home. We have just discovered an “invisible deadly enemy” attacking the whole planet. It’s like an invisible World War III.
According to the World Bank, the human population is seven billion, five hundred ninety-four million, two hundred and seventy thousand, three hundred, and fifty-six (7,594,270,356) as of today. And now, all of us, when compelled to leave our houses to supply our domestic needs, we must stand 2 meters apart from one another. Most businesses must shut down, and we are advised to cover our faces with masks! Speaking of “masks”, yesterday, we would have been arrested covering our faces, like bank robbers, in such a way. Today, we could get arrested if we don’t cover our faces. The world is upside down.
No one can deny that this is a sudden paramount moment especially at a time when we have such a high population. This has never been seen in time and especially not at this level.
The shutting down of earth (regardless of its continual spin) forces almost 8 billion individuals to isolate themselves in their dwellings to the point of confusing wild animals!
It took little time for investors to witness the largest stock volume crash.
Even the crematoriums can no longer satisfy. Their spiritless clients are waiting in line while the living ones form a 6-foot distance invisible chain for the sole purpose of acquiring toilet paper.
History will never forget this Covid-19 season… and you and I happen to be part of it all.
All of this is and will be part of an important time in “history”, undeniably.
Suffering is everywhere on earth and it is impossible to predict the length of our predicament.
So, I ask myself: “What about God? What does HE have to do with it, or does He have anything to do with it? Is it His fault? After all, He claims to be our Creator. Surely “the Creator” must be aware of His “Creature’s” plight! If so, what’s He doing about it?”
The Bible (Gospel of Luke, chapter 21), explains to us why He allows these calamities. (In this article, I am quite aware that the contextual reality of Luc 21 is mostly an impending time related to what could be an imminent future).
Man is self-destroying at so many levels, including wars: “Nation against nation”. Therefore, God speaks to us through “… earthquakes, famines and pestilence (pandemics) in various places, and fearful events and great signs…” (verse 11).
Meanwhile, what are we to do? Well, other than obeying the many decrees and requirements, there is nothing else to do but to self analyze our delicate lives and open our hearts to our Creator. That is how we can get our needed support and encouragement amidst such a disastrous period.
We can find comfort by his Word.
This is undeniably true. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Luc chapter 21, verse 32.
God is closer than we think. He is very much in control and wants to be our sensitive loving Father who leans towards us as a Father does over his beloved suffering children.
Do accept God’s gift and allow Him His comfort in these painful times.
This Coronavirus 19 was not sent by God. But God allowed it. Why? To have our attention.
After all, we know that the extreme uncontrolled and, in some cases, immoral atheistic human technology is the culprit of this and many other disasters. If not by laboratory then by avarice Capitalism (modifications of nature, to do all things to precipitate growth to increase revenues). All this affects Dame Nature and yes, even bats!
In God, we can still find the greatest support in difficult times.
Mankind has rejected God by rejecting his Son, so He does what we asked for. He leaves mankind to its own devices. That is what we asked for and that is what we get.
Nevertheless, His Divine can never be altered.
His sweet offer to each one of us is tangible and accessible. Did you know that He even counts our tears? “You… put my tears in your bottle” Psalm 56 verse 8.
God has revealed Himself to us using the simplest of human means to offer us accessibility (how to be close to God). He has divulged Himself to us using human words. How simple, yet so effective. Through the inspired Books. (“The Bible” means “the books”).
Those words are a collection of the most important written treasures that exists in history. Read these verses and think about them. Really think about them…
Psalm 19, verse 10: (Context – God’s prophesied words by King David)
“They (your words) are more precious than gold… than much fine gold…”, “…sweeter than honey and the dropping of the honeycomb”.
John chapter 6, verse 68: (Context – God’s prophetic word by the Apostle Peter)
“Lord… Thou hast words of life eternal).
Jeremiah chapter 15, verse 16: (Context – God’s word by the Prophet Jeremiah)
“…thy words were unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”
And a few more:
Matthew chapter 28 verse 20: (Context – Jesus speaking)
“…lo, I am with you always…”
Psalms 40 verse 17: (Context prophetic – David inspirational writing)
“Since I am afflicted and needy, Let the Lord be mindful of me, you are my help and my deliverer, do not delay, O my God”
Revelation chapter 3 verse 20: (Context – This verse is particularly of importance. Most Bible Teachers would tell you that Revelation 3 applies to the early 21rst century – now).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in unto him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
May you find blessings and encouragement through your reading and who knows, you may even find much more. Even a personal relationship with the.
Enjoy life. Even Eternal Life.