When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve no one knew what was coming. The year 2020 has been one of loss, sadness, and great hardship for people in every capacity. Really if you think about it, there is not one person in modern society who has not been affected by this year's events. The most tragic event of them all has been the coronavirus pandemic which has swept the world by storm. Originating in Wuhan China, the virus has been around since November. Since then it has spiraled out of control and has affected everything from economies to shortages on common goods such as toilet paper of all things.
Throughout this year I have noticed a lot of non-believers being angry at God. They question why he would put his people through this if he is a God of love? They look at us believers like we are crazy for not wavering in our faith. It is during these times that us Christians must turn to God more than ever.
Since this whole pandemic started everyone has been coming up with their own theories about it. Some people believe this is the beginning of the end of the world, some believe the coronavirus was formulated in a lab for science purposes, and others believe that this was an attack by the government, and it was all intentional. As a fellow Christian however, one of these theories really stood out to me.
According to the NIV bible 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 says “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This verse stands out for several reasons. When I read this, it seems that God is angry. To be honest, he has every right to be. The world we are living in no longer matches up with God’s morals and set of rules. When talking about politics I often hear people say, “God has left the USA”. This doesn’t literally mean God gave up on us. What it implies is that these same morals have been gone for a long time and that is why our society is how it is today. In the case of this verse, it appears God has left the world, and 2020 is the year we pay for it.
It has been argued that this verse foreshadows what happened and still is happening in 2020. “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain…” refers to the Australian wildfires that took place from June 2019 all the way through March of 2020. These fires tend to start from lightning during thunderstorms that don’t produce rain. The continued lack of rain or drought is what led to the fires raging on for months on end.
The part of the verse that says “...or command locusts to devour the land…” refers to the swarms of locusts that took over eastern Africa. The swarms were so large that they appeared as black clouds and visibility was slim. Entire fields of crops were completely flattened resulting in millions of eastern Africans worried about facing starvation amid this coronavirus pandemic.
Finally, “...or send a plague among my people...” In this case, COVID-19 is the plague and it is definitely among His people. Prior to the coronavirus, the last global pandemic was the 1918 influenza. It has been 102 years since the world has faced a global pandemic such as the coronavirus. What are the odds that amidst this pandemic the fires and locusts just so happen to occur in the same year?
Last of all, “...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is essentially saying if we as God’s children turn back to Him, He will forgive our wicked ways and fix these issues we are facing today. This leads back to what I said earlier about “God leaving the world”. This may very well be God's way of helping people find their way back to Him.
Earlier I talked about how I hear people being angry at God and doubting those who do follow Him closely. However, I also have noticed an increase of people talking about God in a positive light. People who would normally never pray, are now praying every day. People who doubted the Lord and never fully took the time to learn about Him are now picking up their bibles and making the effort to get to know Him. A Lot of people began to realize that no matter how bad the issue at hand is, God will always be there no matter the circumstance.
Sometimes it takes having something really bad happen to realize how good you really had it. In this case it may have taken a whole year full of crazy events and a global pandemic for us to realize how much God has blessed us all and to bring us closer to Him. People who think this is the beginning of the end may be right, but they also may be wrong. This verse we discussed suggested a second chance for us all to make things right. This may very well be the beginning of God coming back to the Earth.