I am of the opinion that if God were to fully explain his purposes, man would not be able to understand them. If God were to get into the particulars, while we are in pain and sorrow, to explain why he took away some of the people that we loved the most, we would not understand. And we probably would not believe him. His ways are not like ours.
The past few weeks have been difficult for the entire world. Lockdowns and quarantines are now the norm. Few would have imagined this a few months ago. I could not have imagined that Nigeria would be in the situation it currently is, with temporary lockdowns slowly being effected across the country. At some point, many of us imagined that the entire continent of Africa would be exempted from this plague (we thought our weather would defeat the virus). But with 4,827 cases and 162 recorded deaths, numbers that keep rising, some experts say that tougher days are yet ahead of us.
In these troubling times, I have often wondered, “What is God doing in the world through this?” And I don’t think I’m alone. You have probably pondered on the effects of the pandemic long enough to think about God’s purposes. That’s not unbiblical. David often wondered why God allowed certain things to happen to him. “Will you forget me forever?” he once asked God, “How long will you hide your face from me?”