THIS year’s Easter Season ended on a sad note following the death of members of the CCAP Church at Mlowe in Rumphi, when the boat they were sailing in capsised.
The victims were coming from Easter prayers from Mlowe to Tcharo in Rumphi, when they faced strong winds on Lake Malawi that forced the boat to capsise. The tragedy led to the death of five people, 54 survived while others are still missing. The accident has raised questions among believers and non-believers on why God allowed this to happen.
This comes in consideration that the victims were not on an ordinary journey, but were coming from serving the Lord. Some cite the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 31 verse 6, where God is promising that he will never forsake his children.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Those that were interviewed questioned why, after spending the whole Easter period doing His work, God allowed his children to die in such a manner? Where is God in such situations?
However, General Secretary of Blantyre Synod, the Reverend Alex Maulana, said God cannot be questioned. “God loves us all but one cannot question his decision,” Maulana said.
He also said despite God having control of our lives, people should also exercise caution when making some decisions that put their lives at risk.
“Like in this case, I am hearing that the boat was overloaded, meaning that there was an element of carelessness on those on board. So, whether Christians or not, we must not relax despite that it is God who is in-charge of our lives,” Maulana said.
Commenting on the same, Pastor Nkhata Mwale of Overcomers Pentecostal Church believes that any premature death is caused by the devil. “From the beginning, the devil has been at war with children of God.
Remember the story of Job. There are two types of death whereby other deaths are caused by the devil, while others are caused by God. But in this case, it was the devil who wanted to weaken the believers. So God sometimes allows things to happen for a purpose.
But the most important thing is that those who were righteous will inherit the kingdom of God regardless of how they died,” Mwale said.
But he urged Christians not to be affected by forces of the devil whose main target are believers. He quoted Psalms 34:19 which says: “Afflictions for the righteous are many but God delivereth him from them all.”
Matiki Baptist Church pastor in Dwangwa, Aaron Chomanika, said Christians should know that even the righteous are not exempted from sufferings. “We have examples in the Bible where the likes of Job, Paul and many more suffered but were great servants of God.
We have our own local example in the name of the late evangelist Shadreck Wame who died in one of the worst deaths. So God can just watch why we suffer so that his glory should be manifested,” Chomanika said.
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