The weather conditions and consequent damage, inconvenience, injury and death, have been much the news over the last fortnight. One thing that becomes evident with the onslaught of the elements is that man is powerless to stop the storms.
We, as human beings, boast such great things of ourselves. We, as a race, contemplate the developments in science which has truly been phenomenal, particularly over the last one hundred years, and think that we are masters of our own destiny. We think that we are (or at least soon shall be) able to manage any threats upon our peace and safety.
However, God continually (and perhaps increasingly) reminds us of the fact that we are just puny beings. He sends us messages to remind us that we are finite created beings who do not have the strength and power to overcome the powers of the elements around us. So storms come. earthquakes come and a multitude of other unsettling events come. And God says to us: “you are not as powerful as you thought.”
The question then arises: how do we respond to these reminders? Do we:
- Ignore them. Life carries on as normal when the event with its associated inconveniences is passed.
- Reject them. In this response, we are really saying that the disaster has been a temporary blip on the road to man proving that he is the king of his own destiny.
- Tolerate them. We realise that we are frail. But we develop defense systems and similar stuff. In doing so we convince ourselves that it was not so bad after all.
- Accept them. We realize that we are weak and small. However, that is as far as it goes. We, effectively, say: “all is not good, but we will seek to make the best of a bad job”
- Embrace them. We say “yes we are frail. We are not in control of all. There is a mighty God who is over all things. We need to be in the favour of that God. We need the Saviour who brings us into his favour: His Name is Jesus Christ.”
And as we consider our response to these things remember the Word says regarding the Lord He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in (Is. 40:22). When we see, hear of, and experience catastrophes it would be a good outcome if we remembered that the Lord reigns and we are, but grasshoppers.