Surviving This Pandemic – Why Praying Alone Will Never Be Enough

By: Katherine Abraham

By: Katherine Abraham

Surely, he shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He covers me with His feathers and under His wings I take refuge. Psalm 91 beautifully states that no matter what may come, plague, pandemic, pestilence, our true living God, the mighty Jesus Christ will always stand by us and protect us. In fact, we will be the last people standing. As Christians and Believers, faith is at the very core of our foundation. Matthew 17:20 aptly says “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.” And this trying times of Covid have indeed been the biggest tests of our faith for Christians all across the globe.

            A simple question to ponder over, how many of you have left their houses for their duty calls since the pandemic broke last march 2020?  Not to mention I am not referring the fun rides here. The answer is a not more than a handful of people, even if it would have been imperative for their bread and butter. Now here’s the thing, when God Himself has promised us that He will never leave us, never forsake us, why don’t we have the guts to leave our houses when it is extremely necessary and highly required. Why do we question His promise by fearing when He has clearly said He will hold us with his righteous hand? Is there a void in our faith? Recently I was in New Delhi for some professional and personal commitments, I suddenly received a call from a friend and she asked, “Aren’t you scared the pandemic is still on?” I was quick to reply that I am a Passover protected. As Christians we all know what significance Passover has in our lives. Till date it’s a strong reminder of God’s promise, how he saved His chosen people from the clutches of merciless Egyptian Pharaohs. Every door that was marked with blood including some of the Egyptian’s doors who had put their faith in Him. That’s exactly when Pharaohs realised that this God is far more superior than the one, we worship. The same analogy applies here, when you put your trust in Him, He will make sure He never disappoints you. Psalm 91 further says, you shall not be afraid of the terror by night nor of the arrow that flies by day nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. But here’s another aspect of the story what about Christians who did contract the Covid infection and some of them who unfortunately lost their lives. Did they call upon Him for help, did they follow their duties and instructions that they were supposed to follow as instructed? Here’s the fun part of the entire podcast, I spoke to certain Christians and believers and after questioning I got to know that a lot of people who lost their lives actually refused to wear masks, shields and take the vital measures even after being warned countless times. Now, is God the one whom we should put at blame here? Think over it. Definitely, we can never question His timing and will, and we mustn’t. Beyond any questions, you can cent percent blindly place your trust in God alone. But there is a vast difference in faith in God and Human idiocy. Does having faith mean one should overlook the entire pandemic scenario and pretend that everything is pretty normal as earlier? Clearly, no. It is almost similar to the story where a man seeks God’s help and God sends a helicopter, a car and finally a ship to help him. But he refuses to take help from any of them and waits that God himself would come and save him. Eventually, leading to his death.

        Hence, you can carry on what is necessary and meant to be done with utmost hope and faith, resting assured the Lord is firmly standing by you and fighting all your battles. But make sure to remember that even the Passover protected were protected because they had shielded their doors with blood, the same situation can be seen in the ongoing pandemic as well you will be protected but you need to shield your face here with that mask. The words of the Lord are flawless like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times, Psalm 12:6. Remember He always keeps His promise unlike humans. Do chase hope, but in a right way. 

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