Biblical Disasters — Divine Providence

Biblical Disasters — Divine Providence by Barry Segal

A Message of Hope for God’s People

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6

At times like these, I am reminded of the story of when the children of Israel were fleeing Egypt and were stricken by a plague of serpents in the desert. Moses asked God to save them, and in response, God instructed him to fashion a snake out of bronze, and to wrap it around a pole. When the afflicted looked upon the bronze snake, they would survive their injuries.

Today, we understand this as one of many powerful signs of God’s providence for us in times of great difficulty. War, plagues, famine, and many other disasters strike—and God is always there for us, guiding the way with his healing mercy.

Let’s take a look at what’s happening in Israel at the moment:

  • The outbreak of the coronavirus has kept the general population largely in their homes, and many of the country’s senior citizens are feeling left behind as they cannot buy provisions or medicine, or even see their family members due to a higher risk of infection

  • The need for ventilators remains at critical status as there are currently only 1,437 of them available in Israel

  • Over one million Israelis are registered as job seekers, unemployed, since the beginning of March—91% of them having been placed on