There will be disturbances around the world—from great earthquakes to famines to epidemics... Luke 21:11
On January 17, 1994, before dawn, Southern California was hit with a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. It was a violent up and down movement that caused freeways to collapse, buildings to crumble, fires to break out and loss of life.
I remember jumping out of bed rushing to see if my kids were okay, thinking that in a split second we could all be dead. It is a frightening experience to have the violently shake underneath you. Did I have an earthquake plan? Did I have all the items that the preparedness teams told us to have in case of such an emergency?
Growing up in California, we have always been taught to know how to turn off the gas, keep a flash light with fresh batteries handy, first aid kits, bottled water, canned goods for 7 days in case the "Big One" hits. We must be ready.
Over the years, we have seen many such disasters increasing all over the world, so much devastation, loss of life and destruction of property. Could they have been better prepared for this? The answer is... not really. No one knows when a earthquake will really hit.
Jesus Himself tells us in the scripture above that these things will occur in the last days before His return. So, we must be ready... not only physically but spiritually. We need to prepare ourselves and help others around us be ready too.
Jesus says in John 11:25-26,
He ends this statement with a question..."Do you believe this, Martha?”
I believe that is the very same question He is asking all of us today. It is so simple, isn't it... believe and live... yet many choose... reject and die. It grieves my heart when I think of one member of my own family, my dad, who is choosing reject and die. Yet God is merciful and wishes no one to perish, so the prayers continue to go up on his behalf. If you are reading this, may I ask that you say a prayer for him too. His name is Hugo. Who knows... I may be writing to let you know your prayers availed on his behalf. Thank You.
We all need to be ready... live our lives reflecting the purity of the Lord. I remember something my pastor used to say... "you don't want to be doing something you shouldn't and have the trumpet sound.... That would be a bad day."
Our conduct must be above reproach and our words "seasoned with grace." I love how this translation says it: Col 4:6 Phillips
Be wise in your behaviour towards non-Christians, and make the best possible use of your time. Speak pleasantly to them, but never sentimentally, and learn to give a proper answer to every questioner.
Stand in love for truth, giving those around us the reason to choose life. Ask the Holy Spirit for the boldness to share this life giving truth with others. Ask Him to help you not fear what others will say when you do. I know that is my prayer.
Remember, the Lord will come when we least expect Him...with the suddenness of an earthquake. We don't know the day or the time of His coming, but it is promised to us who believe. Let us encourage each other with these words and bring as many people as we can with us!
Until next time,