Is God angry? Is that why Covid-19 is upon us?
The number of infected cases due to Covid-19 is staggering. The damage this virus has brought on to us is so big that it is difficult to quantify. The spread of this disease has gone like wildfire, infecting people from China and Asia first before Europe overtook it with Italy and now rung second. America, which was a late starter, has now gone to the top with more than 140,000 cases across its land.
Is God angry?
It is difficult to say if this pandemic is caused by our disobedience that led to such an overbearing outcome but in light of the situation, and when I read Jeremiah 25, I can’t help but to think it might be.
God had already informed that He had called on the Israelites to not follow other gods, but their stubborn nature decided against Him. He has also warned them of destruction if they did not follow, but they didn’t take heed. Is this situation similar to what we’re seeing now? Read on.
Jeremiah 25 (New International Version)
3 For twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah until this very day—the word of the Lord has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.
4 And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. 5 They said, “Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the Lord gave to you and your ancestors for ever and ever. 6 Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not arouse my anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.”
7 “But you did not listen to me,” declares the Lord, “and you have aroused my anger with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves.”
8 Therefore the Lord Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words, 9 I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. 10 I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
In Jeremiah 25, the Lord also informed us that the leaders too will fall and the people will be laid without proper burial grounds. People will just drop dead all of a sudden. Are we not seeing these now?
33 At that time those slain by the Lord will be everywhere—from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried, but will be like dung lying on the ground.
And again in Jeremiah 25, God had said that the kings of the land bearing His name will fall after drinking from His cup. Reflecting on the times today, I believe all the “kings” are living in fear not knowing how to react to the pandemic that is striking fear into the hearts of every citizen on earth. Will they also be frightened to the point of vomiting in their own personal space? We can’t say for sure but the situation is as grave as ever in today’s modern history.
27 “Then tell them, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you.’
34 Weep and wail, you shepherds;
roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock.
For your time to be slaughtered has come;
you will fall like the best of the rams.
35 The shepherds will have nowhere to flee,
the leaders of the flock no place to escape.
The civilisation we have come to live in today is about to be buried by Covid-19. Nations have begun shutting their doors and people are tragically afraid if they will be the next victim. But Jeremiah also mentioned that from here on, Babylon will come to rule for 70 years over the kings of today and definitely over the Israelites in Jerusalem and Judah, except for those He has chosen to be exiles and brought back to Babylon as mentioned in Jeremiah 24.
Let’s pause for a moment and reflect. Is it as literal as what Jeremiah 25 is trying to tell us that present among us today are also “Israelites”, “Jerusalem”, “Judah”, “kings” and “Babylon”?
At this juncture, if this is really played out right before our eyes, I would ask God to count me and my family as part of His exiles. I’d rather be chosen to go into Babylon and remain there to be nurtured by Him for 70 years than to perish together with the defiant ones due to their rebellious spirit. And if indeed this lives to be true, I would ask God to choose you my brothers and sisters to be part of the exiles so together we can confide and support each other the next 70 years because the message in Jeremiah 25 is already quite clear, this 70 years we will come to see Babylon reign with the present kings all annihilated completely. But we must remember to always keep our hearts checked and focused on God. Why? Because after the 70 years, Babylon too will fall and by then God will deal with their treacherous ways if they have been found to be guilty during their reign.
12 “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolate forever. 13 I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. 14 They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”
31 The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth,
for the Lord will bring charges against the nations;
he will bring judgment on all mankind
and put the wicked to the sword,’”
declares the Lord.
32 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Look! Disaster is spreading
from nation to nation;
a mighty storm is rising
from the ends of the earth.”
So folks, may I also invite you to ponder a while as we live on this beautiful earth. With Covid-19 now enveloping the entire planet, with only places like Vanuatu untouched, it begs for us to understand that if and when we are put in high and mighty places, how shall we model our leadership and what kind of a leader should we be?
If we are meant to be kings, what is our duty to our people and the land God has placed us in? Finally, if we are convinced we want to be saved from all these tragedies, will we then follow God wholeheartedly because He has protected us from this global calamity?
Now, more than ever, it’s the best time to think, and decide!