The pastor at the church I attend had been preaching on the Book of Habakkuk for the past few weeks. There are many parallels with our current Covid19 experiences and how we experience life in general with what the prophet relates in his experiences around 612 BC. Considering both situations, the disasters around 612 BC and 2020 AD, the conclusion that encompasses all is perhaps best summed up by what Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12: The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Habakkuk drives the above conclusion home with a song of praise and joy in the closing verses of his prophesy:
17Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
(To the choirmaster: with my stringed instruments.)
For some time now I have not written anything on this blog, except for posting my lectures on certain topics as I lectured them to my students at the Theological College. It kept me busy for I gave everything. However, as Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes and Habakkuk confirms in his prophecy, nothing we in our humanity deem certain, is indeed certain in this life. The Covid19 world we are living in at the moment makes that abundantly clear too. I have been retrenched on 30th June from my work because of the financial restraints Covid19 has dumped on businesses and the economies of this world and so the Theological College could not afford its workforce anymore. As merciless as the Chaldeans were in their conquest of the Jews, so pitiless is the Covid19 pandemic in its conquest as it destroys the comfortable global fellowship and certainties we have known in pre-pandemic times. And as the tormenting questions in the mind of the prophet are verbalized in his discourse with God so, in the current time the faithful turn to their God seeking answers to their questions yet finding few answers but only refuge in Him, the Rock of all ages as the physical pandemic transfers into a spiritual contagion.
So, what is certain? God is certain! After everything is said, done and experienced, all that remains is a surety that God exists and in His perfect knowledge there is total control. That is why both Solomon and Habakkuk as so many others, in faith, could find joy and peace in the midst of the unknown perpetual catastrophes and the mayhem that disaster works in the lives of God’s people.
It is all about God. Whatever the question, Jesus is the answer. We should never loose sight of this most basic truth. This is the fuel that keeps faith’s fire burning. Therefore, when the spiritual disasters come as was the case at Mission Kwasizabantu or the physical disasters of this world befall us is the case with Covid19, let us fill our hearts with the wisdom of Solomon and the hymn of Habakkuk. We can face today and the unending tomorrows because Christ is alive!
Soli Deo Gloria!