Sometimes good things happen when things are at their worst. For example, out of the horror of the Holocaust, God established the State of Israel.
But is it at all possible that something good can come from this pandemic?
Here in our local hospital lies a young pregnant woman, fighting for her life against Corona virus. Her video message has been broadcast around the globe. Panting for breath, she tells the world that she is desperately fighting for her life in order to save her unborn baby!
Over 31,000 people have died so far through the Corona virus
Here’s another ‘statistic’. Globally 56 million lives are lost in the womb each year.
But some authorities are saying that ‘abortions’ are non-essential at this time. Some babies’ lives will be saved. “Brands plucked from the fire!”
I am wondering today if in the face of this pandemic with its horrific loss of life, the nations may begin to realise the value of life. Be it lives lost in wars, or unborn lives lost.
I pray that Prime Ministers and Presidents may turn to God in these desperate days, and lead their people in acts of national repentance.
After all, God can use the people we least expect to work out His purposes.
There’s an amazing verse in Isaiah: “Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him…” Isaiah 45:1.
So what’s so amazing?
Here’s the thing: When Isaiah said these words, Cyrus had not even been born.
Isaiah, a prophet who began his ministry in 740 BC, SAW what would happen almost two centuries later. (Prophets in olden times were referred to as ‘SEERS’ because they could SEE into the future. See 1 Samuel 9:9).
And here’s an even more astounding thing: God was going to USE Cyrus (to deliver the Jewish People) even though Cyrus did NOT KNOW the Lord!
“For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you (Cyrus) by your name; I name you, though you do not know me.” Isaiah 45:4.
He used Cyrus – a man who did not know the Lord.
So we see that God does not always use the people we expect Him to use.
For example, it wasn’t an evangelist or preacher or prophet who was sent to deliver Soviet Jewry. It was Vice President George H.W. Bush who told Mikhail Gorbachev: “Let these people go.” Soviet Jewry had been held in a virtual prison, in the Soviet Union. Not allowed to study Hebrew, or discuss Zionism, or even go to synagogue. Worst of all they were not permitted to leave the country.
And so let us pray for our nation. A nation that once knew the Lord. Let’s pray that God will raise up those – perhaps the ones we would least expect – to lead the people in righteousness.
Like the King of Nineveh! Who tore up his robe, and sat in ashes as an act of repentance.
“The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.” Jonah 3:6-10