January 12, 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastates capital of Haiti.
February 16, 6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Russia.
February 26, 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits the islands of Japan.
February 27, 8.8 magnitude earthquake destroys cities and towns in Chile.
Have you wondered lately about what’s going on? Did you know that the United States Geological Society has recorded 49 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 5.8 that have already taken place around the world just today? (If you want to see some interesting information, visit www.earthquake.usgs.gov). Is this what the Bible is talking about in Matthew 24 in relationship to the end time? While it’s important to try to understand if events taking place today have any relationship to prophesy, it’s also important to understand them in the context of our own time and life. What do these events have to say to us? Here. Now.
For one thing they remind us of the power of God. As we look at (and feel) the results of tectonic plates in the earth’s crust moving and crashing together, it reminds us that this is only a sample of the power of the One who created it all. The power of the Creator is always more powerful than the thing created. As I reminded our church in the sermon yesterday from the book of Romans, since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (that’s us), even His eternal power and Godhead (Romans 1:20).
Another thing these events should remind us of is that this same powerful God is available to us. He’s available to hear your prayer; He’s available to help you in your time of need; He’s available to comfort you in distress. He’s there to guide you, guard you, provide for you and protect you. The writer of Hebrews tells us that we have a High Priest who understands our weaknesses and he encourages us to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Events like those we’ve seen in the recent past should also build a sense of gratitude into our lives, especially those of us who were spared the tragedy that many folks went through. I can’t explain why God would put some people through such difficult times of testing and let others of us live in relative peace and security, but I do know that we need to be grateful. Ephesians 5:20 reminds us that we need to be giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As you watched the images flash across your television screen over the past weeks and months, have you stopped to give thanks that you did not have to endure such pain and suffering?
World events, even those that cause such untold suffering, can teach us about the God we serve. They should also change our lives, even if we live thousands of miles away.
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