“However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands… The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. The LORD will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. (Deuteronomy 28:15a, 20-24 NIV)
While Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the the World Health Organization (WHO) stated today (Monday, October 13th) that the Ebola outbreak is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times”, Americans are hearing that we need not be overly concerned.
Serious doubts about controlling Ebola surfaced yesterday when it was reported that a Dallas, Texas, nurse has become the first on American soil to contract the virus. Not to worry. According to Dr. Thomas Friedan, Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it was a “protocol breach” on the part of the unidentified nurse. She had contact with Thomas Duncan, the Ebola-infected patient who has since died. Of course, no one knows what her protocol breach was.
The Word of God gives the clearest insight into what is happening: The Lord is doing what he promised he would do. When his people ceased to obey he said he would strike the land with a curse. Confusion reigns because God said he would send it –and rebuke also.
We are under a curse because we are corrupt and flaunt our sin. Where is the fear of God? So the vile and wicked will contract wasting diseases until they all perish. If Dr. Friedan and his associates, or even his superiors, think they can control God’s curse, they are wrong! They probably ignore Scripture’s warning, the same way Mr. Duncan was ignored as he crossed our nation’s borders. We all neglect God’s Word to our own peril.
God’s people need not worry or surrender to fear. We have an Advocate who sits at the Father’s right hand. We can come boldly before Jesus’ throne of grace seeking help in our time of trouble.
In these Last Days, Solomon’s prayer is critical for the saints to learn:
“When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when enemies besiege them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come, and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people Israel–each one aware of his afflictions and pains, and spreading out his hands toward this temple–then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of men), so that they will fear you and walk in your ways all the time they live in the land you gave our fathers.” (2 Chron. 6:28-31 NIV)
Might Ebola be the big one that some predict? Whether it is or not, God will be feared or humanity will pay the price.