Hope exists – even in our suffering

We might be asking ourselves, when is this Covid-19 pandemic going to end? We might be bored out of wit’s end and stuck in our home in isolation but around the world there are other negative events happening this week.

A Kenyan farmer tried to dispel desert locusts in a village east of Nairobi last week. The infestation in Kenya is the worst in 70 years.
  • Pestilence of biblical proportions in eastern Africa and Middle East: Massive swarms of 500 billion locusts are devouring entire swaths of vegetation in eastern Africa, i.e., Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and others, and now the Arabian Gulf. The likes of this has not been seen in 70 years. One swath measured 60 km long by 40 km wide. Over 20 millions people are in danger of starvation due to food shortage.
  • War and terrorism in western Africa: terrorists group, Boko Haram, is mercilessly murdering men, women and children and inflicting harm upon innocent people in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon.

We might be able to mitigate some evils but we cannot control all the bad and evil things happening in the world today.  The wise teacher from the book of Ecclesiastes speaks of equal and common treatment toward all humanity. 

“This, too, I carefully explored: Even though the actions of godly and wise people are in God’s hands, no one knows whether God will show them favor. The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad, ceremonially clean or unclean, religious or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don’t.”

Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 (NLT)

Regardless of whether we’ve been a good person, or done lots of bad things, this Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in some way. 

This shows that control over the events in the world is not in our own human hands.  We might be rich, powerful, strong, healthy, smart and intelligent, funny, beautiful, weak, poor, ill, good or evil.  We do not have as much control as we might have thought we had.  Ultimately the destiny of our world is not in our hands.

The good news is that there is still hope. Hope is in the love of God.  There are things we can do to experience hope.

  1. Be teachable and listen for God’s soft voice during self-isolation/quarantine/lock-down. 
  2. Take this time alone to focus and pray to God. Ask yourself: what is God’s will in my own life.
  3. Enjoy the good gifts that God has already given to you. There’s always something.
  4. Pray to God for joy and hope, even in my own suffering, anxiety, sadness (or even boredom).

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