Opinion amongst Christians is very divided over whether this “plague” has come from God.
Those that say “no” take the line that God is a God of love who cares too much for mankind to do such a thing. Certainly after the flood God gave the rainbow as a sign that He would never again destroy the whole world.
But of course those who feel that God has sent this would say that He is NOT destroying the whole world. In 2 Chronicles 7 we read ” 12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 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 and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Those are challenging words and yes they are “Old Testament”, yet if we look at the Revelation of John we see terrible things ahead of the world which have yet to come.
What is for certain is that, come what may, God will use circumstances to bring about His will, And so it is now that Christians all over the world are being drawn to pray as perhaps never before in recent history. In the U.K. probably not since the Battle of Britain when the whole country was called to prayer.
In Exodus 20 God spoke all these words, saying,
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 You shall have no other gods before me.”
It is most certainly time to pray and hold God to His word that “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 and will forgive their sin and heal their land
All Christians must surely be at one in praying that God will use this time to draw millions, even billions, to Himself. Even in tragedy may the find consolation and salvation.