Images of flood-ravaged Philippines, Samoa Tsunami’s wreckage and Western Indonesia Earthquake victims continues to pound from television and the printed media. Footages of poverty-stricken crowds seeking admission to the relieft centers, heartsick people torn apart by the death of their love ones—all have been presented before our eyes and the world.
Are there any lessons for the people of God?
Let us recall Jesus’ statements about “distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25). I was reminded of a passage of scripture in Matthew 24. Asked by the disciples what would be the sign of His second coming “and of the end of the age” (verse 3), Jesus Christ compared that coming time to an event recorded in the book of Genesis.
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be,” said Jesus. “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (verses 38-39).
I am THANKFUL first that we were spared from these trouble and that this is the best time for spiritual reflection.
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