Promises of blessings. Promises of curses. The bible is full of these. For a reason. God calls us to return to him. Mostly, we ignore him, particularly his rod of correction.
You see, nothing happens without God’s knowledge. Both good things and bad. Both point you to Him. As for the good things, “…God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance…” (Romans 2:4) And for the rod of correction?
“I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, and carried away your horses, and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils; yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord. Amos 4:10
The Rod of Correction
In the aftermath of 9/11, this nation turned towards God. That didn’t last long. Likewise, when the entire world was struck with COVID. Both were meant to get our attention. We kinda turned towards Him, but quickly forgot all about that.
God has sent messengers to warn us. “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) As for the good things God does for us? “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)
As for the rod of correction? We scoff at it. We refuse to acknowledge God for who he is.
I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things. Isaiah 45:7
Heed His Warning
If none of this rings a bell, then please spend some time in the bible. It doesn’t matter if read the prophets of the Old Testament or the red-letters of Jesus. The story is the same.
"Seek Me and live" Amos 5:4
COVID? God sent it for our benefit. Ignore it, hate him for it, or turn to him in repentance.