In my last blog I raised the issue of God’s sovereignty and earth’s shakings and concluded with the question: what are His all wise purposes trying to tell us? I would now like to address this question. The three all wise purposes as I see them are:
First, that life is on loan to us.
Luke 12:20 “…this night your soul will be required of you…” (NKJ) We came into the world naked and we shall return in a similar fashion. His unilateral decision in the taking of lives, although hard to grasp from our modern point of view, is a loud declaration that, “…the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord,” says Job. (Job 1:21 NKJ) It’s a clear message to all that life is on loan from God and belongs to Him. That He created it, gave it and has the right to take it according to His will and purpose. Therefore He owes us nothing – not even an explanation. The young (2 Samuel 12:14), or the old (Luke 2:29), it’s His call.
Now is the time to take hold of this truth; to dedicate all that you are and all that you have to their true owner, the Lord Jesus Christ, rather than defrauding Him before it’s too late and you run out of time.
Secondly, He’s calling people to genuine repentance.
Troubles in the earth realm like ecological disasters, earthquakes and the like, are meant to warn people, who deny Jesus, that a day is coming when unbelievers will cry to the mountains and rocks to fall on them to hide them from the face of God… from His very presence.
Therefore, end-time earthquakes, calamities in the earth realm, ecologically and economically, like we find in the book of Revelation, are about calling people to actual repentance (Revelation 6:16). Why? So in such catastrophes, people would repent and turn to the Lord of Ho