Have you ever been in the midst of a crisis requiring you to make a distress call for someone experiencing great pain, anxiety, sorrow, trouble, cardiac arrest or from experiencing mental or physical suffering and affliction? I have; however, the individual died even though my distress call prompted immediate response from first responders.
Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by. See, the LORD is coming out of His dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed on it; the earth will conceal its slain no longer. Isaiah 26:20-21
Unfortunately, many are making distress calls to politicians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; medical professionals and heads of nations. Why? In hopes of being saved from COVID-19. Be mindful that heads of nations have contracted this deadly virus. Therefore, high positions of authority do not shield us from the wrath of God. Rich People Secret Bunkers In Crisis.
In Exodus 3:7-8, the LORD said to Moses, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So, I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”
In Genesis 18:23-26, Abraham approached God and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? For be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Full story can be read in Genesis 18:1-33.
Abraham was a man who cared deeply for others with much compassion for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, including those who did not follow God. Although Sodom’s citizens were wicked, Abraham did not wish to see their destruction. Abraham’s request to save these cities was denied. Even when we pray with good intentions God sometimes says “No” to our prayers. However, we should continue offering prayers on behalf of others. Will you please join me in praying that something good come from our current crisis? Most importantly, people will repent and ask God for forgiveness then follow His doctrine and His plan of salvation, not look to politicians, heads of nations or doctrine of men for salvation.
Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices. But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the LORD. Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not my words and my decrees which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors? Then they repented and said, ‘The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just He determined to do. Zechariah 1:4-6
We must ensure our own souls are sealed with the blood of Jesus even if God says “No” to our prayers allowing those who are unrighteous time to repent.
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Read Ephesians 15:1-33
I have no doubt with all the wickedness in the world that God again unleashed His anger upon this untoward generation. Perhaps, the path prepared for His anger is COVID-19. Do We Hear Him Now?
“He unleashed against them His hot anger, His wrath, indignation and hostility—a band of destroying angels. He prepared a path for His anger; He did not spare them from death but gave them over to the plague.” Psalm 78:49
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