What lessons have we learned from COVID -19?
When enjoying good health, humans have a tendency to think that they are invincible! Their God-given-health become an idol. They use it to taunt others, boasting, chest-thumbing and showing how special they are! Unfortunately, they attract curses of idolatry by failing to acknowledge that …The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it…1 Corinthians 10:26(NIV). Simply because the world has survived uninterrupted for long and humans have done whatever they felt like with a few known consequences, it does not mean that we will always continue that way!
If you wish to understand my point in all these, please follow my narration below!
There is little doubt that the world is witnessing an infection of a pandemic proportion in the name of COVID-19. COVID-19 describes variants or strains of corona viruses that had only be detected in animals before jumping the inter-species barrier. This virus has caused havoc to humans in many countries after it was first detected in China around the month of December 2019. COVID-19 has since become a viral epidemic in every community all over the world!
Is this news to you? Maybe not, but there is something in the pattern of infection and the victims ages that may awaken your curiosity.
Within a millennium, humans have suffered from a number of deadly epidemics. In the last century alone, a disease outbreak like Spanish flu, HIV/AIDS, SARS and now Covid-19 has mercilessly decimated world population! In almost all of these cases, the young, toddlers or even infants in their infected mother’s wombs have been spared or minimally affected! Why is that? Medically speaking, toddlers are supposed to have a weaker immunity than adults and therefore prone to viral attacks!
Before you try to dig out some answers, let us take a look at some causes of historical epidemic outbreaks from a spiritual perspective!
In the scripture below, God is trying to get the attention of a rebellious people whose ways were leading them to death in the hands of their enemy! He was indirectly telling them “listen to me”. Many didn’t listen and in the process went through a needless suffering.
The LORD shall smite thee…with a fever, and with an inflammation… Deu 28:22 KJV
If human beings were not that stubborn, many would realise that the negligible effect of such pandemics to the younger humans who are even more vulnerable, is a hint that there is more to it than meets the eye!
Epidemic outbreaks as written in the scriptures were a wake-up call. They were meant to correct or serve as a warning. They normally came when man was absorbed in a long period of disobedience, peddling hate, cold love, murders, rebellion towards righteousness, orgies, stubbornness, widespread sexual immorality, dependence on self, general idolatry and above all living a selfish life, full of pride and void of any sense that there exists a Creator!
Humans have always failed to lead a life of repentance! Despite the painful experiences of life, they reject learning! One would expect that people will mellow out with age and repent from their waywardness to lead an independent life but instead, our rebellion increases towards the Creator and we hung on to our visibly crumpling mortal bodies! We then teach our children the art of rebellion and even take away the idea of God from their school curriculum! The Creator, who Has given us consciousness, a long life and a free will to repent, become a mythical being, and as a result we ripen up for curses! These curses catch up with us as we age. As our chances of repentance diminish with time, curses establish themselves in our mortal bodies! The medical world loves labelling these curses as old age diseases! I totally agree since they are evidently selective!
Then, can we live to 120 years without “old-age” diseases? I believe we can if we don’t harden our hearts! This possibility explains why some 100 year olds, have never caught these ‘old-age’ diseases in their lifetime and therefore have no prescribed medication! Better genes? Aha! Better lifestyle? Aha! Why then are some viral pandemics selective? Another Aha!
What is this about something running in the family history? Is it an inherited family condition or curse? Nobody in this world should suffer from a personal or family curse! That was the whole reason that Jesus was sacrificed on the cross! To take away the curse pronounced by the law. Which law? Spiritual laws that apply to all humans either they believe in them or not. Just like in Physics, believe it or not, you will break a leg due to gravity if you jumped off from the roof of your house for fun!
Gal 3:13 (NLT) But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing…
I am not asking you to turn religious and join just any religious group you come across! Oh no! You may not even like some of these myopic, deceitful, smiling, money-hungry and self-edifying religious mobs! You will be put off by their carnal personalities!
However, if everything around you is going up in smoke, you may have nothing much to lose by trying something new. So, in your own privacy, examine the scriptures! Don’t die before your time! (Eccles 7:17-18 (BSB) …do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time? …For he who fears God will follow … warnings). Seek God! You cannot live like an Island, so start or join a group that is worshiping God in Spirit and in truth!
It also puzzles me that though many times we get it all wrong, humans have sometimes been able to tell correctly some things outside of the scriptures. Let’s take the big bang theory as a good example. Some of the things in it are absolute rubbish, but the beginning of creation is all there! It is the same as in the Gospel according to John. I recommend that you start reading John’s Gospel! Study it with an open mind!
Just before the flood (a mythical event to many humans, irrespective of all the current evidences) we lived for nearly 1000 years. This was cut short to the current elusive age ceiling of 120 years. The curse of rapid aging ensued from an increased spread of wickedness!
One would wonder about God’s wisdom in this. The answer may not be obvious but when you examine the outcome, the argument holds water!
Reducing longevity, reduced evil and deception in the world of long-living, unbelieving humans. Fresh new humans brought a new hope! Imagine a world of chest-thumbing-physically-able dictators, idolaters, sexually immoral or fornicators living for 1000 years. It would certainly be hard to reduce evil in that world!
We could learn from this and start repenting our ways!
Epidemics should always remind us that we are mortals and our existence belongs to God. We didn’t just come to existence from nowhere, but we (our soul) were made by the Creator in His Own Spiritual Image and Creativity. God cleverly placed us in a formed body in our mother’s womb. Our soul’s immeasurable ability was immediately filtered to the limitation of this body. A body limits you by its brain’s capacity or IQ, it’s physiological functions, its ability to grow or learn. Environmental factors also play part like where the body is born, how it is perceived by others and how exposed it is to earthly knowledge, among other reasons! Otherwise, the intelligence of all human souls when outside of these bodies is the same and it is very high! Let us not be spiritually blind and live foolishly worshiping the perishing instead of the Creator of the universe!
Like in many other pandemics, the medical world has failed to get a cure for COVID-19. This left them with no choice but tap from the already created ability of our body’s immune system to develop a vaccine! Meanwhile as we continue battling this disease, please wear masks when necessary, practice social distancing and isolation. You will protect yourself and others! It is scriptural to do this for those who doubt it!
Leviticus 13:4 (NIV)… isolate him who has the infection…
Exposing one’s body to the virus by trying to be a hero of faith or for other crazy reasons, may only take you and others to the grave! It has happened to church ministers, political leaders and to ignorant demagogues clothed in an unreasonable heightened sense of self-importance!
See a related topic; LiV By Understanding Curses
[Article Author: Joseph GM]