by pastor david
“The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, and the Lord sits as King forever.”
2017 has been a year filled with natural disasters around the world. There have been hurricanes, floods, volcano eruptions, tornadoes, famines, and more.
Students of the Bible are immediately reminded of Christ’s prophecy concerning the end times, where such devastation is predicted in great detail. “Then He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:10-11)
As horrified as we are by the results of such events, they should never stun us. These are simply signs and warnings that the return of Christ is very near. However, these tragedies should also remind us of something else. We should be reminded that there is a God who is still in control of this universe and everything in it.
Please take a moment to read the eleven verses of Psalm 29, part of which is quoted above. As you do, you will discover that the Psalmist declares God is sovereign over the angels (29:1-2), over the waters of the earth and the thunder (29:3-4), over the wind (29:5), the ground (29:6-8), the fire and lightning (29:7), the animals (29:9a), and the forest (29:9b). Then, in worshipful response to such sovereignty, “In His temple everyone says, ‘Glory!’” (29:9c).To add an exclamation point to this pronouncement and to help us see the scale of God’s control over His creation, the Psalmist adds, “The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood” (29:10).
There has never been devastation on the earth as horrific and deadly as the great Flood, recorded in the Book of Genesis, and the Psalmist David said that it was the result of God’s omnipotent power.As we observe things like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, we often ask the question, “Why?” However, the better question would be, “What?” What is God trying to teach us? Is there a lesson in all of these events for us to learn?
On one occasion, a group of people approached Jesus and asked Him about two specific tragedies:
Christ’s response was remarkable; He said, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:2-5)
When inexplicable events occur, whether personal or global, whether close or far away, our first response should be to realize that God is calling us to repentance. The question in such cases is not, “Why did this happen to them?” but, “Why have such things NOT happened to me? After all, I am no better than they!”
As sinners by nature and by choice, we are all deserving of the wrath of God and if we spend one more moment on planet earth without His wrath being poured out on us, it is by the grace of our sovereign Lord. For that, we should be thankful. I am not claiming to have all the answers to the issues of personal and global catastrophes. Long ago, I accepted the fact that there are many things about God that neither I nor anyone else will ever understand. Nevertheless, the Bible is very clear in declaring that God is sovereign in all the affairs of men and that all He does or allows is for His glory.
All that Jesus does in the life of the believer is to drive him to dependence upon Him and to mold him into the image of Christ, which, in turn, brings Him the maximum glory and praise.
(Romans 8:28-29) “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Jesus said that the proper response when tragedy strikes others or us is to repent. “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
A crisis is a call from God to draw closer to Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
Today, God is calling us to be increasingly Christ-like! He wants to pour out a Holy Spirit revival on you, your family, your church, and your country.
(2 Chronicles 7:14) “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
It is my prayer that this is what you want as well! Let us pray together to that end.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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