Mexico was struck with a massive 8.1 earthquake this morning. As I read the report, I also read the comments that readers were posting about it and the other meteorological events around the world. It is obvious that many believe that we are witnessing sure signs of the Apocalypse, and the return of Christ in the very near future. Some believe the hurricanes, and fires burning out of control in Canada, and all the other natural disasters this past year are due to climate change. Even a Hollywood actress, Jennifer Lawrence said that the hurricanes are Mother Nature’s “wrath” for Trump’s presidential victory. Wow. I know President Trump gets blamed for just about everything nowadays but this borders on the absurd.
I honestly do not understand what is going on in our world today. I’m sure many of you feel as I do. It’s like the world is spinning off-kilter on its axis. Threat of nuclear war, racial violence, moral upheaval, and now catastrophic weather…it’s got to add up to something doesn’t it? Apparently someone has even written that the world will end on September 23rd because all the heavenly signs from the total eclipse of the sun last month to a special aligning of planets and a secret code found on pyramids in Egypt claim that a meteor will collide with Earth on that day with apocalyptic results. Well, just like the last time someone prophesied the world would end on a specific day, I plan on doing my laundry.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m convinced that many of these happenings in the world today may be God’s way of getting our attention. Scripture tells us that He can use nature for His own purposes. He could certainly use these signs and wonders to get people to think about their own mortality and to ponder on eternal things. I know I have been more prayerful, brought to my knees by world events. I have an urgency to share my faith more openly, and pray even more fervently for my friends, family and neighbours who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. I do not have a fear of death, my worry is that my loved ones will be “left behind” and never experience eternal life with Jesus that is promised to all believers. That’s my hope. That’s my future.
In the meantime, I watch like millions of others and ask what can I do? I don’t understand what’s going on in our world today, but I can prepare myself for any eventuality. I pray for those who are persecuted (Hebrews 13:3), who are in harm’s way, who do not have a voice to speak up for themselves. I pray for the lost (John 14:6), and for the widows and orphans (1 Timothy 5:3-16). I pray for peace that surpasses understanding to fall like a healing balm on all peoples who live in fear (Philippians 4:7). I pray for those who are ill, who are suffering and are scarred by inner and outer wounds inflicted on them by trauma in their past and present (James 5:14). I pray that God will intervene in all their lives and heal them, and protect them (Isaiah 63:7-9). I pray people will have the scales removed from their eyes so they can see Jesus (Isaiah 35:5). I pray for revival (2 Chronicles 7:14). In the midst of all this upset in the world today, I pray…
…and until I see Jesus face to face, I carry on with my life knowing that God is in control.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.