The Lord says, “In a little while I will shake the heavens and the earth once more. I will also shake the ocean and the dry land. I will shake all the nations. Then what is desired by all nations will come to my temple. And I will fill the temple with glory,” says the Lord who rules over all. (Haggai 2:6-7 NIRV)
Days of turmoil, uncertainty and pressure are upon us. Some are buckling under the strain and doubting God, but almost everyone is aware of the changing nature of the life we are now experiencing.
Hearing and seeing the news this morning, I don’t want to be trivial or preachy. I’m thinking on a broad scale this morning, worldwide. Consider not just the Japanese earthquake but other countries that will now be overshadowed in the news and perhaps forgotten.
Let’s not forget the Christians under pressure in Cairo, the people of Lybia and all the Middle East including Israel, and the untold suffering of other people around this dying world – all of whom are known to God.
I am just posting this song dedicated to those who need it. To those who love the Lord and are wondering what’s happening to this world; to those who do not know the Lord and are confused; to those who are in fear, suffering or loss.
It isnt trite to say that GOD is our only ROCK and hiding place. Run to him.
Like everybody else, I’m shocked by the events in Christchurch New Zealand. Maybe I should just put it down to random disasters, having no spiritual significance, but somehow I cannot. New Zealand and also Australia seem to be suffering one disaster after another – can we forget the 29 miners who died underground in November last year? [Yet in Chile, 33 were rescued after a long battle to reach them.] This photo of the landmark Christchurch Cathedral in ruins seems to say something to us all – but exactly what?
Many have pointed out the coincidence of the city’s name: Christchurch. Is God finally saying “enough!” to the goings-on inside many charismatic, pentecostal AND episcopalian churches? I know nothing about the condition of the churches of New Zealand, but I find it hard to believe they are in the right place with God. After all, Christchurch was shaken by an even larger earthquake in September 2010 but nobody was killed and the church buildings survived. Afterwards, Andrew Strom’s ministry tried to organise a public thanksgiving there with worship and praise to God for his mercy but despite the encouragement and support of the local councils, radio stations and other secular bodies, the churches flatly refused to cooperate.