By Baluku Alex
We are called to action in the fight against Covid-19, Rev. Nelson Walina encourages the Christian faith.
The Church Minister who was today appearing on the airwaves of South Rwenzori Messiah Radio in the 3 scientific Sunday Services, told Christians that their efforts should be focused on, first, to follow all the directives of health officials and the advices of medical experts if they are to help in the fight against the coronavirus.
Rev. Walina, the Vicar at All Saints Pro-cathedral Parish in Nyamwamba Archdeaconry in South Rwenzori Diocese said it is Christian’s responsibility to take care of themselves and those they live with, so that they don’t carelessly spread the virus.
He challenged them to stand farm in faith as they take all the precautionary measures.
Quoting the Biblical book according to the 1st Corinthians Chapter 12, So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. “No one should divert your positive attitude towards the fight against the coronavirus” Rev Walina stresses.
Rev. Walina who challenged Ugandans to strongly appeal to God, who is a God of hope and healing, said that COVID-19 situation calls on everyone to learn again from the first believers, who looked to scripture’s descriptions of God’s action in times of difficulties as a compass for their own times.
One obvious place to turn is to the story of King Jeosphat who stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard to pray against the vast army Ammonites and Moabites who were persecuting the Church in Rome. Regardless of the harassment, they never gave up, they instead got to the CatCombs to pray, and the Lord heard their prayers.
The prelate said that according to 2nd Chronicles 20: 5-7, King Jeosphat made a prayer to God. “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
And in Chapter 15, comes a response to King Jeosphat’s prayer, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
The priest said that Jeosphat acknowledged God, he therefore urged Christians to take time for prayer for God’s intervention, not just on special days, but every day until the COVID-19 pandemic passes.
Editor’s insight (Rwenzori Daily)
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic my mind has returned time and again to the ancient, often-repeated insight and promise found in Second Chronicles 7:14: “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
This Scripture, understood in the full context of God’s word, provides not only a promise of healing but guidance for our prayer. The occasion of this Scripture was the completion and dedication of the first Temple in Jerusalem. Solomon’s magnificent Temple became God’s dwelling amid the people of Israel, a place of worship and prayer.
Pray for Uganda.
I will say of the Lord, ‘You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’.
God of power and might we lift our brothers and sisters in Uganda to you.
We pray for your protection,
We pray for your provision,
We pray for the nations of earth to have compassion.
When people are in need, you are our refuge.
When people are scared, you are our refuge.
When people are mourning, you are our refuge.
Compassionate God, draw close to those who seek your refuge today, in the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit.