Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Some thoughts from the earthquake

The images from Haiti have been astounding, sobering and gruesome. Each day brings a new round of images showing more devastation and death. Why did this happen? Does it test your understanding of the sovereignty of a gracious God even a little? I need to confess that it produces a little struggle in my mind.

What has increased more than a struggle, however, is the sense of awe I have gained for the power of God working through His creation. An earthquake of this magnitude, producing such extensive destruction, was not felt in most places throughout the rest of the world.

In Haggai 2:6, 7 the Bible says, “For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of all Nations.”

The Desire of all Nations is a name for Jesus Christ. The shaking God will produce at the end of time will make the Haitian earthquake look like nothing in comparison as it involves not only the earth but the heavens as well.

What’s the message? The book of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 12:25ff

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

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