In the crosshairs !! What a week thus far, an earthquake and now a powerful hurricane named Irene is predicted to slam the east coast. Aren’t you glad you are a believer when all this stuff occurs? I remember growing up hearing of the possibility that Russia could attack us one day with nuclear missiles. There were bomb shelter signs and the teachers told us to get under our desks if it ever happened. Needless to say such dire prospects weren’t exactly soothing to our young hearts.
Once I became a Christian that all changed though. I recall reading some portions of prophecy and thinking a good bit about what I’d read like in 2 Peter where the great apostle wrote, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (3:10). Wait, you may be thinking, the part about the elements melting, doesn’t sound like nuclear war? It would unless you realize that Peter was describing this as the “day of the Lord”, not man ! In other words, God is the One Who will initiate this judgment, not some maniac pushing a launch button.
The testimony of Bible prophecy does not teach that man will destroy this planet, as much as the environmentalist extremists think so and as much as we may abuse creation. No, God spoke the world into existence and He can speak it out ! In short, the capable “hands” of God are in perfect control at all times ! We need to respect and treat creation as God’s stewards but we needn’t worry about “climate change” (the new global warming, ha), earthquakes, tsunami’s, hurricanes, stock market crashes, etc, etc, etc ! God commands the universe and if you’re saved, YOU are His dear child.
So relax, enjoy the splendors of nature, don’t worry about what could happen, focus on what WILL happen ! “Nevertheless WE, according to His PROMISE, LOOK for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth RIGHTEOUSNESS” (2Pt.3:13) !!!! Next time someone talks about all these calamities you can show a Christlike contrast and calm their heart with this knowledge too.