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    Disaster in Japan

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011


    The crisis in Japan continues as the full impact of last week’s earthquake and tsunami are felt. We now know that possibly thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been made homeless. The crisis continues with the explosions at the nuclear power plants and there is much debate about whether they have already or are about to go into nuclear meltdown. What an absolute tragedy of epic proportions, it is enough to make you want to sit alone in silence and weep……

    Perhaps that is exactly the place God wants us to be as human beings that we might come to an end of ourselves and recognise our own frailty and deep need of a saving relationship with God’s Son Jesus Christ.

    Few nations in the world are as technically advanced as Japan whose computer and engineering brilliance has helped humanity develop many electronic wonders of the 21st century. Thousands of electronic devices have been designed and manufactured in Japan, allowing us to be more productive and to feel more empowered and capable as human beings.

    When creation momentarily twitches however, all of our self-confident brilliance comes crashing down and we suddenly feel vulnerable, frightened and completely overwhelmed by the ferocity of the elements. From dust we have come and to dust we shall return – whether we are a high-powered businessman lording over a multi-national corporation, or whether a simple tribesmen eking out a living off the land. We are all poor, blind and naked and desperately in need of a meaningful relationship with the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God in whose world we reside.

    It is His world and we are His invited guests, born to experience the wonders of His creatorial power. Our visit to His domain is brief and our claims to own a portion of what is His is in reality comical – no matter how well known or well heeled we are. He has reminded us in no uncertain terms that our grip on this world is tenuous at best and we are foolish to think otherwise.  His and His alone is the power and the glory and the wisdom and the strength and all that we have and are is simply a contract of loan until we breathe our last and our bodies expire.

    While we tremble in awe at the immeasurable power of His creation we are reminded that what to us is quite overwhelming is to Him just a footstool, a place worthy only to rest His feet!

    This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.  (Isaiah 66:1-2a)

    “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)







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