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I’m not a prophetess; nor have I taken any formal classes in theology. I have not read the Bible from cover-to-cover; I’m still trying to figure out the book of Revelation. Nevertheless, I do know this—for sure: This virus that’s swarming around the world unabated, has a spiritual tie. I don’t know how all the threads knot together—I’m searching for those answers.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: (see Hosea 4:6).
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (James 1:5).
I’m searching for answers because I think when we are confronted with life’s challenges, we should find out what’s going on in the spiritual realm. Life is not as mysterious as we might think—answers to our perplexing questions are written down in black and white. Therefore, while scientists research vaccines and cures for this menace, the believers should vigorously comb through Scriptures that will shed light on what’s really going on. I’m afraid if we don’t link the present with the past, it will be to our peril to unknowingly repeat long-ago disasters.
As I search. . .
In my quest for answers, I’ve listened to various sermons on social media and television. Even though those ministers spoke the Word of God, only a small handful, that I’ve heard, analytically compared today’s hardships, with what people endured in biblical times—then synthesized that data, and concluded what the Lord is saying to us—right now. Since I have a desire to learn more about all of this, I asked the Holy Spirit to teach me what He wanted me to know.
The Spirit led me to read the books of: Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. After reading, this is what I understand—so far—right now: The basic plot throughout each of those books is the same—like many other books in the Bible.
A simple one-two plot!
- God’s love and mercy gave countless opportunities for wicked nations to repent.
- Lack of repentance was followed by the wrath of God.
Some will say, how could a God of love—rain down all that wrath?
God faithfully poured out love and mercy to those people in spite of all the repeated ridicule they thrashed upon Him. The Lord chastens those He loves (see Hebrews 12:6-7).
I can hear you asking: Paulette, are you saying God caused this coronavirus because of our corrupt ways?
I’m not saying anything; I’m still in the process of looking and praying for answers. I find it intriguing, though, that this same plot has been repeated down through the ages. It would be naïve of us to think God will change the plot—just for us. I don’t think He will; however, we do have control over how our story will end.
If you want more insight into what we’re facing currently, may I suggest you read, or reread, those books mentioned above, along with other books in the Bible as the Holy Spirit leads—then align those events and consequences with what’s happening today. We can’t possibly think we can live successful lives and not read the instructional manual, and follow the blueprint; better known as the Bible—the Word of God.
After you have finished reading, draw your own conclusions about this virus: Where it came from? Moreover, our collective and individual parts in the plot. If you like, share your thoughts; I’ll enjoy reading them.
Now, we’re characters in the plot.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.