I was burdened to write “Open Your Eyes America” on the 9th of this month. Two days later, the worst earthquake to ever hit Japan has, at latest report, killed hundreds.
Please pray for the people of Japan. This tragedy cannot be imagined by you and me.
But we should have expected it.
The Lord Jesus told us that just before the Great Tribulation, these things would happen. Matthew 24:6-8, 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
I believe we here in West Tennessee do not have much longer before a great earthquake rocks our part of the world.
Is God punishing us for our sin? NO. The Bible clearly indicates that punishment will come later, as those who do not know the Lord will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire prepared, not for us, but for the devil and his angels.
What God is doing (and has slowly been doing for quite some time) is taking His hand of protection from us. As we, as a nation and a world, turn from Him, He turns to us.
What can we do? Individually we can turn back to Him. Isaiah 55:7, Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?