“…the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand…” – 2 Samuel 24:16 KJV
A siege is a very potent weapon which when used results in fatalities. During a siege, a physical weapon is not what kills but an effort to run from a bigger danger. In a siege, people hide in supposed safe locations trying to avoid the effect of the perceived enemy. When a siege starts, the victims always believe they are prepared for it by stocking essentials at their supposed safe location enough for them not to have any need to go out but the personality or situation waging the siege knows that it is all a question of time that all the supposed stock begins to get exhausted by which time all those who are hiding will begin to voluntarily come out of their hiding very weak, tired, exhausted and psychologically defeated. It is then the enemy begins to pick on them with little or no resistance.
The Siege was a very common tool used during the bible days and that seems to be what the devil is using today all over the world – 2Cor. 2:11;. Many people are today locked up in their homes because of the siege of this spiritual entity referred to as Covid-19. Just from no where, it has appeared with all kinds of postulations as to its origin and the reason for its appearance. In anticipation of its arrival and the attempt to avoid being victim of this unseen enemy (like all things spiritual) the whole world has been told to stay indoors for an indefinite period since no one knows how it came and when it will go.
This uninvited guest has taken over our life and seems to be waiting for the time when all we think we have stored up will be exhausted and we will have no choice than to come out and be at its mercy. It knows that no matter how long we live on what we have stored up, we will soon run out of stock so like a vulture, it is patiently waiting for the right time to strike.
The scripture today presents an almost similar scenario in the time of King David – 2Sam. 24:1-end. He had transgressed the law of God and God had decided to mete out punishment based on his choice of punishment which led to the release of the Angel of death who like the Corona virus appeared from no where to consume the people.
King David and his military commanders probably knew the source of the death but the victims obviously did not. No doubt the king would have being desperately seeking solution but the above scripture revealed the compassionate side of God. It revealed how God stopped the Angel of death from its operations while it was still at work.
God can and is willing to stop this agent of death called Covid-19 if we can also pray to Him earnestly. This is not the time to find out whether this is a result of sin or error of someone or some government. There is no more room for the blame game which is what the agent of death is hoping we continue to do until resources are exhausted. There is no more time for analysing how the numbers are rising. We cannot fold our arms waiting for the scientists of this world knowing fully well that they will achieve nothing without God even if they do not know or want to accept such truth. Let’s focus on the Almighty God who has promised that He will heal lands when people call on Him – 1Chr. 7:14.
Most families are already having empty stores and the longer this goes, the chances are that more will have empty stores. Hunger and famine looms large. It is time to act in prayer. This is not about the extent of our sins as He also promised that He can clean us up no matter how bad our sinful state is – Is. 1:18. He is not interested in our death (Ez. 18:23) just as David reminded him that only living can praise him – Ps. 30:9; Is. 38:19. Let’s stop seeing the capability of the virus to kill and destroy as being revealed by all these endless analysts and start focusing on the life that is in Christ Jesus if we call him into the situation – Jn. 10:10. It is not enough to voice the “ I reject it in Jesus name” chorus but we must also see the great ability of our God to end it and start believing it – Jn. 11:40. Enough of the negatives that is all over the news since all human abilities have failed and concentrate on the Almighty God who is abundantly able to deliver and save – Eph. 3:20.
In the temple of your heart, reject every ministration of the devil like King Hezekiah rejected the boasting of Sennacherib (2Chr. 32:1-22) and:
- Tell God that it is not about who sinned but about who died that we may be free from the consequence of sin – Is. 53:5.
- Remind him of his ever compassionate personality and His desire for us that we do not die but live – Ps. 86:15; Ex. 34:6.
- Remind Him of His promises to always listen when we call on him with our repentant heart – 1Jn. 1:9.
- Let Him know that you are aware that He is the only one that can stop this agent of death in its path – Lk. 1:37.
- Invite him to do so because of His name and His glory which is at stake at this moment in time – Num. 14:13. There can be no better time in this generation that He can prove Himself as Jehovah Rapha.
I am in no doubt that if we all do this in agreement and sincerity, He will stop this agent of death instantly just the same way it started and the siege will be over.
May God accept all our supplications in Jesus name. Amen