Covid-19 pandemic is a worldwide health emergency. Different nations through the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed protocols and health safety measures to manage the crises. In Nigeria, the situation is fare due to timely intervention of the Federal government and the cooperation of state governments. Despite these collaborative efforts of various governments the number of cases keeps rising for obvious reasons; increase in the number of infections, an increase in a test capacity, and other reasons.
The latest update shows that 34,259 cases have been confirmed, 13,999 cases have been discharged and 760 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 199,016 tests have been carried out as of July 15th, 2020 compared to 186,309 tests a day earlier. https://nairametrics.com/2020/07/16/covid-19-update-in-nigeria/
In response to the ongoing, the federal government of Nigeria has initiated a Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to provide a high-level strategic national response to the disease in Nigeria. The Federal Ministry of Health also through its network is working with the Presidential Task Force to provide the necessary information to medical and health workers on protocols and treatment. covid19.ncdc.gov.ng› faq
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, the federal government and most state governments in Nigeria have placed a curfew, partial lockdown, or in some cases total lockdown on our cities. This is commendable; however, there is a seriously damaging effect on the faith of our children. If care is not taken, we may witness a generation that knows no God. That calls for a sober reflection on how this pandemic is handled.
Our children mostly fall to the age group that is prohibited from public gatherings; therefore they are restricted to our homes watching television, sometimes doing their school assignments while parents are away trying to make ends meet. Returning back home tired.
It is observed that most families hardly have time to teach their children the way of the Lord; that is, teaching their children the Holy Bible. God speaking in the book of Gen. 18:19 about Abraham, says “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” King James Version
Our children must be thought the word of God whether the church is locked down or not. God expects parents especially the head of the home (the father) in this case who also is the priest of the home to dedicate time to teach the children the way of the Lord. “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Rom. 10:17 New King James Version
Some families feel because they are children, they should be excused; wrong! God expects children to come to Him. Jesus speaking in the book of Matt. 19:14 says But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” New Living Translation
Our children have a place in God’s agenda for these end times. God has ordained them with strength; He has placed praises on their lips. We can see this in the book of Psalms 8:2 which says “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:2 New King James Version
We cannot predict accurately how long the lockdown will last as this depends on the rate of infections, availability of vaccines, treatment, or cure. But we can manage the situation in our own homes.
This is a call to parents at this critical and defining moment to consciously as a matter of importance create time for their children; to deliberately teach them the way of the Lord in other to build their faith in God. A man of God must manage his own family well. The Covid-19 lockdown may not allow our children to attend church services regularly, our pastors may not be seeing our children often, but that should not hinder them from knowing God.
I conclude with this advice from the book of 1 Tim. 3:4 which says” He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.” 1 Tim.3:4 New International Versions
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