But sanctify the Lord God in your heart and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

Posted By saintbenaiah

Our prayers go up to God for, and our hearts go out to, the thousands in Japan and elsewhere who were hit first by the earthquake and then by the tsunami this past week. Many lives have been lost and many more have been forever changed by this catastrophy. The full impact of this disaster will be known only after much time has passed, but for those of us who did not experience it, important lessons can be learned.

First, how humbled and how utterly helpless we are. We often labor under the comforting impression that we are in full control of our lives. This is not entirely true. We are, of course, free, moral agents, and have final control over our own actions and thoughts. But sometimes all we can do is react to circumstances beyond our control. Even small, personal events may be out of our control. Health and life may fail, our own and those whom we love. How we react to these circumstances is what defines our character. It is during these times especially that we must learn to rely on God.

Second, those who doubt the possibility of the Noachian Deluge should study this catastrophe (and others). Cars, trucks, trains and even buildings were just swept away as if they were nothing. But this is nothing compared to the Great Flood described in the Bible. This tsunami was localized; the Great Flood was universal (Gen. 6:17). The Bible describes the fountains of the great deep bursting forth and the windows of heaven opening (Gen. 7:11). This tsunami was 33 feet in height; the Great Flood covered the tops of the highest terrain by twenty feet (Gen. 7:19,20). This tsunami could be measured in terms of minutes; the Flood waters broke forth on the earth for forty days (Gen. 7:12).  Imagine hundreds, maybe thousands, of waves of water, much larger than these, over the face of the whole earth.  This 2011 earthquake moved the main island of Japan by eight feet and the earth by 4 inches on it's axis.  Imagine multiple earthquakes far larger than this one violently shaking the earth.  Looking at what this small wave of water (by comparison) could do helps us to understand the destructive power of the Great Noachian Flood and God's anger at the sins of man during the Patriarchal Age.* 

Finally, as devastating and tragic as this catastrophe is, it is nothing compared to what will occur at the end of time. Then, the very elements of heaven, itself, will pass away with a great noise and melt with fervent heat and everything within shall be burned up (II Pet. 3:9-12). There will no standing on buildings to escape, no hiding under rocks to avoid God's wrath. But we can be prepared for the day of judgment if we make a decision now to obey the gospel of Christ (I Thes. 1:7-10). If we believe that He, Jesus Christ, is indeed the very Son of God (Acts 8:37), repent of our sins (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3), confess His high and holy name (Matt. 10:32,33; Acts 8:37), be baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38; I Pet. 3:21), and continue to live faithful to Him to the very best of our ability (Col. 3:1-3), then we will escape the fiery judgement to come. 

Eric L. Padgett 

* - This is not to suggest that these people suffered these things due to their personal sins.  But death is the result of sin (Rom. 5:12).




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