“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” – Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Patience has been on the test during the long days of the lockdown. In a sense this particular lockdown hasn’t been anything compared to previous ones, like during two past wars in Uganda, in 1979 and 1985. During these wars you couldn’t sneak out as has been the case now for groceries. In fact those who dared could be hit by a sniper bullet or some crudely landing bomb.
In this particular lockdown there have even been a known date when it would end. Back then you had no idea and how you would come out. There was no communication with relatives and friends through social media like has been the case this time. More importantly for us here in Uganda the enemy has been quite far off, unlike then when death was ever so close to the door.
Still, in spite of all, patience has not been easy for many. For some this was the worse period ever in their lives, and folks can’t wait to rush back into the “normal life!” We have seen elsewhere some demonstrating against lockdown measures because it is denying them freedom. Kibokos have here been to force people stay at home.
Aside from those restless with hunger, we can agree patience is one ingredient that has been lacking in some doses among some of us. Yet, consider, virtually all those who walked with God had to ensure long periods of waiting on Him without any apparent activity or quick victory. The Lord Jesus before He begun His ministry took time away for 40 nights and days locked down in the desert, fasting and praying ( Mathew 4:2).
So, the lockdown, much as it limited some of our freedoms, only required us to sit back, take some time off, pray and wait on God, just as the Lord himself once did.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that you may teach me the virtue of being patient and waiting on you in all circumstances.