Things can happen very quickly, without warning. A fall, an auto accident, an earthquake. We prepare as best we can with insurance, and various safety drills, but we never know when something unexpected is going to happen. Scripture tells us that the coming of our Lord will be that way, coming unexpectedly like a thief in the night, or a woman going into labor. Even so, we cannot live in fear. Paul wrote to the Colossians that, “your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”(see 3:1-4) We are in God’s hands. That doesn’t mean that we will never go through bad circumstances, but we can trust our Lord for all things, for all times and needs. And we have the assurance that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.(Romans 8:39) No, we do not even know what this day hold for us, but we really don’t need to. We walk forward in the complete trust of our Saviour.
In a city called Christchurch a 6.3 magnitude earthquake toppled the steeple of the cathedral along with much other devastation and death in this main city of New Zealand. We search for reasons, and some will try to give apocalyptic explanations as the prophesies of Matthew 24, “There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”(vs7) And we can’t say that God is not involved. This is His created world, but it is we who have allowed sin to enter, and damage every part of this creation. Someone once asked Jesus about such tragedies. He responded, ” Those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”(Luke 13:4-5) His point was turning eyes and hearts to the Lord. We don’t know why things happen in one place or another. It is not for us to attach various meanings to events, but to help in any situation where we can, and above all, to turn our hearts to the Lord who alone is our ultimate help.