be still and know…

I am sure that in the light of the devastating earthquake in Japan, people all over the world are asking, “Why?”.  This is the great eternal question – the one we will all ask, sooner or later.

Some will say that God did not send the earthquake, but perhaps God allowed it. Others might say that it is a result of our human misbehavior…..although since earthquakes happen along fault lines waaaay below the surface of the earth, I’m not sure how this would work. OR maybe this is a sign of the Second Coming of Christ!

Matthew 24:7, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”

These are natural disasters that are just the start (vs 8, “all these are the beginnings of birth pains”).  And if this is so, then we should expect even greater catastrophes.   It is only after His return that we will clearly be able to see those signs.  Either way…..He’s coming back and I want to be ready.

These disasters, however, do prove that we live in a fallen world.  And it all goes back to the Garden.  When God made the world, it was perfect.  There were no earthquakes.  There were no famines.  It was perfect in every way!  Then what happened??

Thanks, Adam.  Thanks, Eve. Thanks for having our backs…..

God gave them the choice to obey Him and be blessed, or to disobey Him and die.  Guess what they chose?  Right…..

Genesis 3:17-18, “To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.”

Now all of creation is put under the curse by God, because of Adam’s sin.  So instead of the lion laying with the lamb, the lion is the lamb’s mortal enemy.  So when Adam sinned…..you sinned.  When Adam fell….you fell, and so did I.

I heard it explained like this:  Imagine there is a bus with a seat for every person on the face of the earth…it’s thousands of miles long! Adam is the bus driver and when Adam drove the bus over the cliff of disobedience, we all went with him.

BUT …. all these disasters call on us to be still.  Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth.”

How wonderful to know that even when the mountains give way, we can call upon the Lord….and be still.  We will not always understand why God does what He does.  And sometimes the most spiritual thing we could say is, “I don’t know”, because it is a confession of our weakness and revelation of God’s strength.

Let’s pray for the people of Japan.  We can either hurt with God or we can hurt without God.  If we turn away, it will only be worse.  Let’s linger at the foot of the cross….and pray for us all…

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