Thursday, January 14, 2010

What Portendeth These Things?

"And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places." [Matt. 24:7]
Who can know, or pretend to know, the mind of God. As the nations of the world stare out the tiny windows of their perspective of world events, especially in light of the Haitian continuing curse of incredible misfortune, who can say that they understand. Some will use the occasion to say that God has done this; that this devastation is an act of God to grasp the earth by la nunca [the neck] and shake it to realization that the time of the end is near. That could be true.
President Obama used the word, "cruel" to describe the recent destruction in that country. I'm not certain that inanimate, geologic tectonics are capable of cruelty. Perhaps the President did not clearly express himself. Certainly, God is incapable of cruelty, though the world in its ignorance, is not slow to accuse God of being just like any another cruel, pagan god who issues orders from whim rather than Righteousness.
My wife posted the 91st Psalm on the window above the sink; the window that looks out on the lake. Raindrops, not unlike the lives of those lost in Haiti, exist only until they disappear into the dimpled surface that swallows them whole. Is this different from the life of any person. Is there a special fate for Haiti? ....Anyway, back to the Psalm, I asked her, "How does one rationalize the video streaming from Haiti and this Psalm?" She responded (very wisely I thought) that the Psalm is spiritual; that our salvation is secure in Jesus Christ.
Most probably there were the wicked and the righteous who were killed by the crushing avalanche of debris as the earth reeled under their feet. As I write, I know that there are the wicked and the righteous who are injured, homeless, hungry, thirsty,and exhausted. Is there a difference between the two? I choose to believe that the righteous Haitians will rest in the Bible promises they have committed to memory; promises of God, who cannot lie, that He will never leave them nor forsake them.
I ate well this morning; but as I sat pondering my plate of food I could not help but think of the people of Haiti--especially the children--who had no food, nor as yet, even the promise of warm food and pure water. When Jesus comes again...soon...He will have many tears to wipe away; especially for those unfortunate enough to have lived and died in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
p.s. I ate well this morning but was unable to enjoy my food knowing how Haiti suffers. It was as though children were standing near, watching me eat and waiting for me to share. Our Commission emerges all the more strongly these days..."Go ye into all the world..."
Haiti needs our prayers...but where is their food and water coming from.
Think about this! e.c.

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