Spiritual Tsunami

“If we con­fess our sins, He is faith­ful and just to for­give us our sins and to cleanse us from all unright­eous­ness.”
I Jo 1:9 (NKJV)

Mon­day, Decem­ber 27th, 2004, start­ed as a day like any oth­er for mil­lions of peo­ple in the Pacif­ic Islands. The South Asian Coun­tries bor­der­ing the Indi­an Ocean were calm and peace­ful. The news we have received about the earth­quake under the ocean and its direct impact on the coun­tries sur­round­ing the area has tak­en us by sur­prise. Although the seis­mol­o­gists have pre­dict­ed such a phe­nom­e­non could hap­pen any time, nobody expect­ed such a tragedy to strike. The lives of tens of thou­sands have been cut short by a sim­ple “adjust­ment on the sur­face of the earth, at the bot­tom of the sea.” Just a few feet of such adjust­ment is enough to cause a sud­den move­ment of a mass of water of gigan­tic pro­por­tions, which pro­duced a mas­sive wave, trav­el­ing at an incred­i­ble speed – the so-called tsuna­mi was on its way. The ener­gy released by this tremen­dous mass of water is enough to wipe out what­ev­er is on its path. Most of the peo­ple affect­ed by this huge body of water were either drowned or crushed under the debris and washed away by the waves. Reports say that one-third among the dead were chil­dren.

This dis­as­ter reminds us of the fragili­ty of life. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, these tragedies do not dis­crim­i­nate life based on age, gen­der, and matu­ri­ty, rather affect every­body. I am sure that some of those enter­ing eter­ni­ty expect­ed a glo­ri­ous encounter with King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Sad­ly, many of them were not even aware of God’s majes­tic pres­ence and liv­ing tes­ti­mo­ny of His cre­ation.

It seems that most of us live our lives in the same way — ignor­ing His pres­ence and mighty works, which are evi­dent in all of His cre­ation. We are so focused on our projects that we become insen­si­tive to the abun­dant evi­dence of God around us. We do not pay atten­tion to the plans of God in our lives. We do not want some­body else rul­ing our lives and chang­ing the plans we have estab­lished for us.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, we may need a spir­i­tu­al tsuna­mi to hit us to wake us up and cause us to pay atten­tion to the sov­er­eign move of God in our lives. Some are affect­ed by ill­ness­es, oth­ers by bro­ken rela­tion­ships, eco­nom­ic col­laps­es, and oth­ers by nat­ur­al dis­as­ters such as earth­quakes, tor­na­does, and hur­ri­canes. Many will blame God for these tragedies while all He wants from us is to turn our hearts towards Him. Total sur­ren­der is manda­to­ry.

The Word of God tells us that the Son of God will return the same way the ear­ly Church saw Him ascend to Heav­en (Acts 1:11). It also warns us to be ready for the Day He will come to take His Church (the Body of Christ) and judge every crea­ture. Some will join the ever­last­ing body of believ­ers and spend eter­ni­ty in the pres­ence of God and His angels. Oth­ers will be cast away with the Dev­il and his angel­ic hosts into the pit of fire, where there will be mourn­ing and gnash­ing of teeth for all eter­ni­ty. The Scrip­ture says that In a twin­kling of an eye, in a split sec­ond, all those who have sub­mit­ted their lives to the Lord will be instant­ly trans­formed and join Him in the air.

There­fore, don’t wait until tragedy strikes to repent and turn to the Lord. Today is the accept­able day of the Lord. Don’t pro­cras­ti­nate by leav­ing repen­tance and recog­ni­tion of His sov­er­eign­ty for tomor­row. He is the Lord of all!

Remem­ber, tomor­row nev­er arrived for thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple in Asia on that reg­u­lar, sun­ny and calm morn­ing of Decem­ber.

Get ready!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that who­ev­er believes in him shall not per­ish but have eter­nal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to con­demn the world, but to save the world through him. Who­ev­er believes in him is not con­demned, but who­ev­er does not believe stands con­demned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Jo 3:16–18 (NIV)

Source: Boca­dos — RC Brud­er 2018