2020 will go into the annuls of history as a year of sickness and death. There have been many plagues or epidemics since the world began but mostly they were confined to one country or area. But this year we have a pandemic meaning that it is worldwide. There is not a person among the world’s population of almost eight billion that is not directly or indirectly affected by the Covid19 virus. Every nation is suffering and is having to take severe steps to try and limit the spread of the disease, and just when the world thinks it is getting control, it breaks out again.
Millions of people have lost their jobs. Countries have spent colossal amounts to try and stem the financial tide, and it will be years before the damage is repaired. The cost in human life now stands at well in excess of one million, and each of those is an individual story of human sorrow. After almost a year the pandemic shows no sign of abating.
Why should such a thing happen? The Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth, has warned that He will visit human sin in His wrath. [Jeremiah 5:9, 29. 6:15. 9:9. 14:10. 23:2]. God can “visit” a sinful people by plague as in the Exodus, by the captivity of the Israelites under Assyria, or Judah taken captive into Babylon. But God will visit sin make no mistake about it. Who will argue that our present world does not deserve the judgment of God? Or that the world is not currently under the Lord’s reproach? Believers ought not to be unduly worried about the pandemic. God protected His ancient people in Egypt by sheltering them in Goshen from the plagues he rained on Egypt. Indeed He told them, “I will put none of these diseases upon thee” [Exodus 15:26]. It must be noted that this is a conditional promise depending on their obedience to God’s commands [Deuteronomy 28:60]. The good news for Christians is that the very same verse in Exodus 15 reveals God as “Jehovah Ropheka,” so for those that are sick He reminds us, “I am the LORD that healeth thee.”