Christian Life, Grief & Loss, Spiritual Digest — March 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

Refuge in Times Like These


May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. Ruth 2:12

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) literally took the world by surprise. Something that was thought of as local suddenly morphed and became pandemic underscoring the fact that our world is a global village. This virus, like sin, is infecting people at an exponential rate and if not checked, everyone could be infected. This explains the fear that has gripped individuals and governments who are racing to take measures that will protect all. So far, the fatality from this virus in about 7,000 people globally.

I believe, like the Ebola virus, God will help us to contain it. There is so much fear, anxiety and reactions that might even cause some people to die not from the virus itself. Globally on a yearly basis suicide claims about 800,000, Road crashes claim over 1.35 million, Abortion takes the lives of about 42 million children. We seem to have accepted these realities. Surprisingly though we are taking appropriate steps to contain Coronavirus because death is imminent and not many people have taken refuge in God as Ruth did. She gave up living for herself to live for others and God.

Living for ourselves and shutting God out of our lives is the predicament of our generation. COVID-19 is a wake-up call to find refuge in God. I hope that God indeed is your refuge as He is mine.


  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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