“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.
“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