The world has survived various epidemics in recent years but managed to hold back the expansion of new infections quite efficiently. But it seems that as soon as medical science manages to treat one infection, a new one comes to take its place, even stronger and deadlier.
The most recent outbreak is of the Coronavirus, which has already infected 30,000 people and killed more than 600 at the time of this article’s publication. Most of the infected live in southern China, where the virus is believed to have originated. The alarming rate at which it spreads and the fact that it has no cure have left governments and their citizens facing a state of emergency. While this is not the deadliest epidemic the world has ever seen, the measures being taken to contain it are unprecedented. Governments have never before scrambled to guarantee the health of their people in this way.
For the first time in history, entire cities have been isolated in quarantine, the biggest being home to 11 million people. This is the largest quarantine operation ever undertaken; but even so, the virus continues to spread worldwide. Nobody knows exactly what caused the virus to surface; nor do they know what will happen next. World leaders are increasingly apprehensive as the numbers of infected and dead continue growing.
However, while the world is focused on fighting the Coronavirus, many other dangers are still taking the lives of hundreds of thousands every day. Wars and street violence, environmental disasters, accidents and different illnesses can all pose threats to us and our families. What is worse, is that these things are out of our control, making us vulnerable to anything.
‘For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.’ (Matthew 24:7-8)
Jesus already spoke of these threats and explained that they are part of day-to-day life. To many, they are reason for panic and dismay because it seems that there is no safe haven – anyone can fall victim to the many dangers out there in the world. But while we don’t have the physical power to fix all of the world’s problems, God did promise to be with us and to keep us and our families safe.
‘But he who endures to the end shall be saved.’ (Matthew 24:13)
Every time we leave our houses, or we watch our family members go to work or school, we have no way of guaranteeing what will happen to them during the day. But God promises to save those who keep their faith until the end, as well as their families. We cannot be everywhere all the time in order to keep an eye on our family members. But God can.
If you believe that God can deliver you and your family from the dangers of this world, and even guarantee the salvation of your souls, don’t miss this special opportunity to participate in the special campaign of faith for the family. From Sunday, 9 February until Sunday, 16 February, we will be presenting the names of our family members before God, through their names and photos, and praying for them throughout the week.