It is Monday, September 16th. I woke up today in a state of cold, misty rain after several days of flooding rains here in Colorado. While the area around our home and church is relatively safe compared with those in Northern Colorado and in some mountain communities, I am reminded that life is short and hard and many are suffering. I am also reminded that eternity is long. Eternity, like the present, can be intensely joyful or devastatingly horrible. It matters whether you know God or not.
So, widespread flooding can cause folks to curse, or to worship, God. He is Sovereign and good, even, no especially, when life is hard. Many ignore Him day-to day, until tragedy strikes...and then some want to blame him. They have no clue Who He is. We pray and weep and serve in the power of Christ's Name to awaken man-centered, earth-glorifying souls to rivet their attention and allegiance to their Creator...and Sustainer.
What will cause people who love the present so much to think about the future...their eternal future? A Flood? An earthquake? A Fire? An illness? Don't wait until a disaster strikes to know and love the grace and mercy of God. He loves in the midst of the storms. The Bible teaches this over and over, so let us treasure God's Word together in the church...so that others may know and glorify God...in good times and in hard times. And let us pray:
Pray (I copied and pasted and slightly edited this last section from a Blog post by Dr. John Piper after he wrote a blog about another catastrophe in the world.)
And let us pray that in this catastrophe the Lord fulfills two purposes:
- That Christians repent of worldliness. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
- That Christians in Colorado and around the world would step forward with extraordinary, sacrificial love to show more clearly the mercy of Christ who laid down his life in the midst of the Father's judgment. The suffering and death of Jesus Christ for the sin of the world is the one place where empathy, aid, and answers meet. He invites everyone to come for all three.
O how fragile this life is. The world, and all its life-sustaining processes seem so sure and solid. They are not. One thing is sure and solid:
Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28).
Ps The sun is beginning to come out today in Colorado. Let's Worship the Son of God!