VOICE OF HOPE
Good day, my name is Adjoa, and I welcome you to today’s edition of “Voice of Hope.” I want to thank you so much for joining us for today’s program.
On our program today is an interview session, and I have with me a wonderful priest who is to be our guest for today. Now, we kick the ball start…
Daddy, I would like to ask that why must we undertake the necessary precautions to stay safe from the virus?
I reason that it is very expedient for us to heed to the necessary precautions given, regarding the present situational crisis we are confronted with at the moment. There is some lesson I want us to scoop out from the ten virgins preached about in the Holy Book, the Bible. I realized that what distinguished the two groups of virgins was wisdom. One group was wise enough to know what to do at a particular point in time. But the other group was unwise as they failed to do what was expected of them at a particular point in time.” And so I think, like the wise virgins, we must be wise enough to adhere to the preventive measures given to stay safe even as we trust the Lord to keep us from being endangered.
Also, the Bible reveals that those in authorities have been installed by God for our own good (Romans 13:4). And so for our collective good, God has given wisdom to our authorities to come up with some necessary precautions in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, as a way of remaining obedient to God, let us submit to the prudent directives given by the authorities.
To end it with this question, let’s also have it in mind that it is unrighteous to flout the measures given by the authorities (Romans 13:2). We have the protection of God if we heed to our authorities in these times, since God promises to intervene for the righteous (Isaiah 3:10). And so, let us practice righteousness by heeding to the instructions and guidelines given by our authorities.
Now, the next question on our list, can we say that the implication of the COVID-19 pandemic is God’s intentional and deliberate plan to punish the world?
By no means, no!
In the first place, I will ask for the cause for this punishment. If you are quickly to respond that it is because of the sin of the world, then you have to know that this is not how the world is going to be punished for sin. God is not going to punish both the righteous and sinners alike. We must understand that the occurrences and happenings of perilous and distressing times is not a means of God’s punishment to the world. Inasmuch as there is an impending judgment of God to fall on the unsaved or the sinners, we must not blindly associate anything that happens as a way of God venting His wrath upon the world. The Bible make us aware that there would be turbulent moments in the end times. Nevertheless, those that belong to God are assured of the Divine Providence of the Lord Almighty (Daniel 12:1).
Nonetheless, if it is the Lord’s will to call us to glory during those moments, we know for sure that we shall resurrect on the Day of our Lord’s coming (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Daniel 12:2). Therefore, there is nothing to fear in these times because we know that whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8).
As a follow-up to the previous question, how necessary is it for us to prepare ourselves adequately for the coming of the Lord as we are in the end times?
We must be on guard just like the wise virgins because we do not know the hour or day the bridegroom will appear (Matthew 25:13; Mark 13:32, 33). And how do we set ourselves at watch or be on guard? As a way of being on guard, the wise virgins got extra oil in their jars for their journey. By doing this, we see that they attached some sort of seriousness and alacrity to their anticipation of the bridegroom. Likewise, we must be sober as we await for the coming of Christ Jesus, who is our Bridegroom. We must not leave anything to chance in our Christian journey, but deliberately work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
Being on guard can also be likened to a watchman on guard of a house. He stays awake and get himself prepared to take action when the need arises. Similarly, we must get ourselves prepared, having it in mind that eternity is a breath away as though our Bridegroom was coming in the next hour or day.
What encouragement would like to give to our audience and viewers concerning the God’s promise of protection in these times?
The verity of the matter is that God (in the Bible) didn’t promise us of a journey devoid of potholes on the way. He made us aware of the impending troubles that will confront us on our journey, nevertheless, He promises us of the assurance of His Divine Providence for us (John 16:33). He is able to keep us safe in this world because He has conquered the God of this world (Revelation 20:2).
Nevertheless, though we have the promise of Divine Protection in God, we must master the faith to believe that our Lord is able to preserve and keep them that have been committed to Him (1 Timothy 1:12). Though we have the promises, we would not see them manifesting if we fail to believe because the promises comes by faith (Romans 4:16). The way to grasping the promises is to “Just Believe.”
Looking at the fear-inducing news the media is blowing every now and then into the air, how can we overcome the fear and panic we encounter in these times?
What the media seem to be doing is somewhat towards the execution of their work. Anyway, I think sometimes it goes to the extreme. I believe that the antidote to fear is faith. It is said that the extension of fear is, “False Evidence Appearing Real.” And that seems to be very true. We usually tend to fear about unnecessary things. It’s true that the world has been stricken by COVID-19 pandemic, but what is it to fear so much about when it’s not a certainty that you are going to be afflicted? By God’s grace, you have not been infected, why not believe that God is able to keep you safe as you practice the preventive measures given and pray for God’s intervention for those that seem to have been victimized.
So brethren, instead of going for the false evidence that appears to be real, why not go for FAITH, “Forever Abiding In True Hope.” If the people in the world are to shrink in fear, we who belong to God are to be strong in faith. The True Hope we have is that the same Jesus who promised to die and resurrect on the third day and indeed rose again is the same Jesus who has promised not to lose none of those whom the Father has given Him (John 6:39; John 18:9). This True Hope we have in Christ Jesus must be the anchor for our soul (Hebrews 6:19).
Your final words for the audience and viewers as we bring this session to a close…
There could be a possibility that there are going to be more fearful diseases than the present COVID-19 pandemic in the future. Whatever the case may be, I want you to always remember to exchange the fear the world may present to you for the Faith we have in Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus is the Faithful One who never fails.
On this note, I would like to give an invitation to everyone who is at the sound of my voice. If you have not believed in Jesus Christ whom God has given to the world for the salvation of the world, I would like you to accept Him now as your Lord and Personal Savior and you will find rest for your soul.
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Thanks you so much daddy, for having us. We were so privileged to have you here with us at today’s edition of “Voice of Hope,” and I must confess that it’s been an incredible moment of refreshing. We bless God for your life.
Now, to all our viewers, we want to say that we love you and always have your best interest at heart. Stay safe!
Shalom and stay blessed!
Samuel Nkansa Appiah (Eld)