We are right into the second year since the Covid 19 pandemic hit the world. So far 2.8 million people have lost their lives and many more are either ill or grappling with the repercussions brought about by the disease. We are all affected directly or indirectly. We have either been infected, lost a loved-one or our livelihood. The world is in a very uncertain situation.
Have you ever asked yourself why the world is in such a messy situation? Why haven’t our technological advancements brought in a quick fix to these ailments? Is the world still evolving and are we to expect another human species? Has God, the creator of the universe, left the world to run on its own? Has human activity contributed to the suffering through irresponsible behaviour? All these are serious questions that require us to reflect on where we have come from and where we are going.
When I look at the Word of God, I find a number of texts that address the subject of destruction of the world (Zephaniah 1:18; Psalm 102: 25, 26). I get the impression that since the world had a beginning, it will definitely have an end. However, no one knows when the end will come in the same way that no one can rightly claim to know when the world began. All we know is that there was darkness and chaos long before the world existed and then God spoke and the world came into being (Genesis 1:1-3). Evolutionists on the other hand believe in the Big Bang theory that was advanced in the 1920s by an American astronomer named Edwin Hubble. According to him, the universe came into being through an explosion resulting from some very small, hot mass. The heat in the small mass was so intense that it exploded and brought about the planets that we have today (National Academy of Science, 1999).
Human wisdom has continued to search for answers to the troubles of life but there has never been an end to the troubles. In fact there has been a multiplication of the problems throughout history. Does this mean that human research is in vain? Far from it. What I discover from human effort is that it is finite, and this leads me to the conclusion that I have to seek for infinite wisdom that belongs to God.
God has made it clear that He is the creator of the universe (Isaiah 45:7; Revelation 4:11). He is in control even when things seem to go wrong in the world and He is reminding us to acknowledge His existence and sovereignty or else we will suffer. Isaiah 24 is a passage that calls our attention to the fact that God expresses His might and allows destruction to come upon the universe, not because He is angry and fed up with mankind, but because He is simply reminding us that we cannot ignore His laws and the reconciliation He has brought through the Lord Jesus and expect normalcy in the world.
Let’s wake up and commit our lives and the developments we have achieved so far in the area of vaccines into God’s hands. That will draw His mercy to us and we might just find relief from our troubled lives.