By Phenola Moore
Some ask whether the Coronavirus is God’s judgment upon the world. And the answer is probably yes because, in the Bible, God allowed plagues to riddle the earth as a form of punishment or to bring them back to serving Him. Remember, God is one of love and judgment. Also, in the Bible are instances when God retracted judgment and extended mercy. Amid the Coronavirus, my prayer is that we can ask God to do the same.
But it requires something on our part. As a nation, we have to repent, turn from our wicked ways, and pray that God will stop the pandemic that is rippling through our country. We do not have to accept the predictions that the scientists leading the administration’s fight estimated the virus could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans. Together, we can believe that the number will be much lower because God stops the plague or provides a remedy. Below are several instances in the Bible where God changed his plan.
- “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people” (Exodus 32:14, King James Version).
- “Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and besought the Lord, and the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls” (Jeremiah 26:19, King James Version).
- “The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord” (Amos 7: 3, King James Version).
- “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not” (Jonah 3:10, King James Version).
- “If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them” (Jeremiah 18:8, King James Version).
- “Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you” (Jeremiah 26:36, King James Version).
- “If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you” (Jeremiah 42:10, King James Version).
- “And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite” (2 Samuel 24:16, King James Version).
Read and meditate on these Scriptures. And collectively, we can believe in prayer that God will heal our land by changing his plan.