Ever asked yourself why God didn’t stop Covid-19? Or any other disease for that matter?
When He sees so much pain and suffering why is He silent?
“You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24 v 6-8)
The answer is in a very short word I have been thinking of this week: Dei. A short word but powerful. It means ‘it is necessary’. “You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”
Luke 17:25 “But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.” – Struggles are eased when you know there is purpose.
Acts 14:22 “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” – We long for the rule and blessing of God in our lives but there is only one way to that place.
Acts 23:11 “The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” – The Lord has plans that are definite for our lives.
When you hear of wars, nations and kingdoms rising against each other, famines and earthquakes, this isn’t the end, it is just the beginning of the end. Those who are actually going through it must think it is the end of all ends. But it isn’t.
As the world progresses there will be times when God doesn’t step in and bad things seem to happen. Where is He? Why is He silent? Dei.
The temptation to follow a Messiah at that time will be with us; the temptation to be alarmed and fearful will be with us and the temptation to think this is the end of the world but Jesus tells us to resist.