COVID 19 A cry to confession and repentance
Reading through the accounts of the Kings and Chronicles, we see that God responded to the humble and desperate cries of His people. We are in a similar situation. According to the models demonstrated, the next two weeks are going to be the worst in new cases and in loss of lives. Since these lives are souls that Christ died to save (John 3:13), we have biblical precedent to seek God for the destruction of this virus, this enemy of humanity.
The OT kings removed every form of idolatry from the land, Asa removed his own grandmother from the throne (2 Chronicles 1516). Jehoshaphat sent priests throughout the land to teach the people the word of God. When faced with a trial many years later, the people gathered around the king for confession of sin, repentance, and begging God to deliver them from certain death (2 Chronicles 20).
There is not a formula here, there are examples of great fear and of a united call out to God for deliverance. The emphasis is fasting and prayer, confession of sin and repentance toward God. I call brothers and sisters in Christ to examine your hearts and your lives and to be willing to put aside anything that has come between you and God.
When the kings of Judah cried out to God, their desperation was front and center. I read many posts calling us to faith and prayer but few calling us to confession and repentance from sin.
This goes without saying; however, if we don’t believe God can stop this virus from bringing greater death and destruction then we should not pray. It is because we believe that God can save that we cry out to Him.
1 Peter 2:2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him-5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are a holy priesthood to God. Let us make spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. May God hear our prayers and heal our land.