Founder and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church(ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil has advised pertaining to the Covid-19 epidemic, that in as much as prayer is needful in these crucial times, people must adhere to safety instructions as well.
During the live streaming of Sunday, 22nd March church service on the GMAbc platforms, eTV Ghana and Happy Fm, he stated that God has given humans the rod and staff to comfort us, just as said in the Lord’s Prayer. However, if people only resort to prayer and ignore the rod and staff, which is the ability to wash hands, and the whole knowledge on how to be protected from Coronavirus, then it is of no use.
Ps. Otabil said, “God, in the midst of danger, has given us the tools to be protected from destruction and from danger so when we hear things like banning flights and quarantining, and we hear things like border closure and planes not flying, it is part of God’s process to keep us safe. Thy rod and thy staff”.
“The virus does not just get people. It doesn’t have that power. It cannot just run into your room or your house, it cannot run into you and destroy you. Thankfully, it has to be brought to you or you have to take it to somebody. Isn’t it amazing that we know how to stop it? Thy rod and thy staff”, he continued.
According to him, God has given us the means to keep the danger away and the ability to keep ourselves from danger by hand washing, sanitizing and keeping social distances, among every safety measure that has been advised, and that is thy rod and staff comforting us in these hard times.
The Head Pastor emphasized, “Let’s not joke with that because we can pray all we want but if we ignore thy rod and thy staff of God’s protection, we will be in danger”.
By: Maureen Dedei Quaye