Coronavirus: How could God let something like this happen?
Billy Graham’s daughter Anne was interviewed on the
Early Show, and Jane Clayton asked her, “How could God let something
like this happen (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an
extremely profound and insightful response. She said, “I believe
God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve
been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our
government and get out of our lives. And being the perfect
gentleman that He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can
we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we
demand He leave us alone?”
In the light of recent
events…terrorist attacks, school shootings etc. I think it started
when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few
years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we
said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.
The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love
your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.
Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they
misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we
might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).
We said an expert should know what he’s talking about, and we said
OK. Now we’re asking why our children have no conscience, why they
don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill
strangers, their classmates and themselves. Probably, if we think
about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has
a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God then wonder why the
world is dying. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but
question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’
through email and they spread like wildfire, but when you start
sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about
sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass
freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is
in the school and workplace.
Funny how, when you forward
this message, you will not send it to many on your address list
because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think
of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what
other people think of us, than what God thinks of us.
book of Amos, chapters 4 and 5, God says how He allowed many bad
things to happen:
1) Food shortage 4:6. 2) Drought 4:7-8.
3) Blight and mildew and locust swarms 4:9. 4) Plague 4:10. 5)
War 4:10. 6) Death 4:11, 5:3. 7) Fire 5:6. There is a repeated
phrase, “Yet you have not returned to Me, says the Lord.” … Each
calamity was a call from the Lord for people to turn back to Him,
but they refused to comply!
Amos is addressing the nation of
Israel, which is a world in miniature, reflecting the ways of God
with the whole world. In our ignorance, we attribute such tragedies
to natural disasters and, rather than humbly seek the Lord for
forgiveness, protection and blessing, we attempt to solve it with
pathetic human means, remembering how the empty adage, ‘You can
achieve and be whatever you want,’ has been drilled into us.
We are experiencing the same things that happened in Amos’ day,
and our need is the same: to seek the Lord and live (Amos 5:4). The
plague of Coronavirus is not only killing people, but ruining the
world economy; but many would rather try to save the whales and save
the planet, than allow God to save their lives.
Pass this on if you think it has merit. If
not, then just ignore it … no one will know you did. But if you
ignore this, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the
world is in.
Tony Chamberlain, April 2020.
How could God let Coronavirus
"For God so loved the world that
he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have
- from the Bible, book of John, chapter 3, verse 16.
"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do
it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through
- Colossians 3:17 (NIV).
May God bless your reading of these pages. Philip Tory
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