The late Billy Graham’s second daughter, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, has shared in a blog that God could be using coronavirus “to get our attention so that we will listen to His message.” And make use of this time to leave our sinful ways, self-centeredness, and secularism.
Anne referred to the novel coronavirus pandemic as a “threatening black cloud,” the AnGel Ministries founder was reminded of Exodus 19:9, where God said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.”
The 71-year-old said, ”In the past four years, I, too, have entered into a black, terrifying cloud.” Further, she explained, “My husband’s sudden, unexpected death; my father’s death three years later; my diagnosis of cancer and the subsequent surgery and follow-up treatments have been personal storms as fiercely threatening as the storm that has now broken upon all of us.”
Anne continued, “But there was a silver lining to the black cloud in my life because it was in the cloud where I encountered God in a fresh way.”
She testified, “I have ‘seen His glory, His character in the dark cloud. I have experienced God’s faithfulness to meet my needs. His grace to pour out His blessings through family and friends. His strength to enable me to endure triumphantly. And His goodness to bring me through one day at a time.”
“Throughout the four stormy years, I never once lost my joy. Or my inner peace, or the steadfast hope that God was in control and would work out all things for my good.”
Anne then asked if God was using the coronavirus to get our attention so that we will listen to His message? She concluded, “It’s time to pray! It’s time to turn away from our sin, self-centeredness, and secularism, and turn to God in faith and trust.”
She gave an altar call to everyone to return to the Lord during this time. “Now. Return to the Lord your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. And He relents from sending calamity…” she said.
“If we heed God’s message, ‘He can calm the storm. And bring us through to a time of spiritual revival and national renewal.” Amen! We agree with Anne Graham Lotz that now is the favorable time of the Lord to return back to Him because we don’t if we will have a tomorrow to do so.