Yesterday this quote caught my attention.
“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a Sunday CNN appearance that “if we don’t get more ventilators in the next 10 days, people will die who don’t have to die” as the city—now the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic—faces a possible shortage of medical supplies.”
What a couple of weeks ago seemed to some a hoax has become a deathly reality. "People may die that don’t need to,” said the mayor of New York.
If you have family and friends in New York like I do, what is a person to do? It is hard to feel helpless against an invisible foe. You can’t see the virus, and testing centers and kits have been in short supply. Medical personnel are risking their lives to save others. To make matters worse they don’t have enough of the protective gear to keep themselves safe.
I have family and friends that are in the medical field. Family and friends that are on the front lines of this pandemic and there is nothing we can do. We sit helplessly from a distance wondering what will happen to them.
As I contemplated these things I turned to the Word of God. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. In the Bible there is a story about a plague that has a solution that many don’t take seriously, but we should.
The story is found in the book of Numbers chapter 16. A plague broke out amongst the people and Moses knew the only way to intervene was by the action he took. Please read it below.
“Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!” Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.” (Numbers 16:46–48)
That censer represented intercession of Jesus, aka prayer. It is through His merits that we are even alive today. If you are feeling helpless about this virus, take it to the Lord in prayer. Your prayers for those in New York and around the world may be the only difference between life and death for many. What do you have to lose? We can do nothing else from afar, but I am reminded of this promise:
“...if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Let’s pray that God can heal this land from this plague. Let’s lift up prayers between the living and the dead.
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