Tanzania: Call to Prayer by Ambassador Gerson Mgaya


I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the LORD. (Amos 4:10)

The reading of the book of Amos for many people has given the theme of judgement, nothing else. But such is not the God we serve. Even in the book Amos, God is not portrayed as the one who judges! The theme of judgment comes after many attempts of calling the people back but no attempt. For those who have read the history of Israel will notice that He sent many people to teach them His will, but they never took it seriously. The priests were finally the ones to lead people astray. He then sent prophets.

God had to use different ways to teach the people. But it never worked out. This is why finally God had to take great measures like sending them away to a place where they were severely oppressed. All that was to let the people know that He is the Lord their God.

At the moment the world is in dread! Corona has shocked our societies making many things get stuck. There are many ideas and opinions going around. People try to explain what this situation means. Probably you have heard some of those stories. I don’t offer any explanations about this now, but I am asking you to read Amos 4:6–11. After that, compare it to what we are experiencing now. Whether it is a plague or not, let us spend time with God, let us talk with Him; and if we are carefully in seeing, hearing and understanding, we will get something that concerns our time.
We worship the God who is alive. My plea to you is: Let us spend time to pray. Our God who is forever faithfully will talk to us amid this dreadful pandemic disease.

May God bless you.

© Gerson Mgaya