The recent events in Japan have been devastating to watch. Your heart can’t help but break as you watch the suffering caused by the earthquake and the resulting tsunami.
Anytime a tragedy like this one happens, people always rush to figure out what part God played in the events. I am always careful to rush into judgment regarding such events because my judgments usually are tailored to make myself look good and someone else look small.
What do we know?
Jesus told His disciples that the appearance of false Christs (we’ve seen plenty!) along with the proliferation of war (seen enough of that recently!) and the appearance of famines and earthquakes in various places are all signs of the end. See Matthew 24.
Jesus said that all these are the beginning of birth pains. After that, the faith of Jesus Christ will be assaulted and probably blamed for such disasters.
We’ve seen birth pains recently. But, before we rush to judgment about Japan and the events there, let’s take a look at one more passage regarding disasters. This is recorded in Luke 13:
“Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Here’s my take on the events of the past few days:
The end is coming. It is time to wake up from our slumber and get right with God. America is in no better position than any other nation to escape the coming wrath. Birth pains are happening and they could soon roll into our area just as they have other areas. America needs repentance as much as any other nation of this world. If anything, we are going to be held at a higher standard because of our past experiences and knowledge of the Word of God. America, it is time to repent!
After Jesus’ discourse in Luke 13 regarding disaster, He told a parable and I’ll close today with it:
“A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ Sir, the man replied, leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'”
Dear Lord, I know this nation is not bearing your fruit and we as a people are not bearing fruit. But, sir, if you would see fit, leave it alone for a little longer and let us dig around it and put dung on it if necessary.
Jesus is looking for fruit and the clock is ticking………