"Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor." Ps.39:5
"Only one life, twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."
My family and I have been very concerned and our hearts have gone out to those who are in Southern India and Asia. My oldest daughter, especially, has been concerned because she has a heart for the asian people. Thailand was one of the places she was wanting to go to be a missionary (if the Lord willed it to be so). She recognizes that in a few years, that could have been her there.
Someone asked me recently about my thoughts about all of this and where repentance comes in. How many people in America just look at this as another news story. How many people take advantage of the fact that we are "here" where it is "safe". I had just been listening to John Piper's message on "Don't Waste Your Life"- which is very appropriate and here was my immediate reply:
"God's hand is in ALL things. Every whip of the wind, every wave of the ocean, every breath we breathe, whether He chooses or WILLS us to live and breathe this moment or whether He chooses (or WILLS) to take our life away in the next hour. Everyone should be in awe of this and live their life according to this knowledge. Our life is in His hands, We are His to do with as He pleases. I would hope that no one would choose to waste this time they have in foolish things. Eternity should be constantly on our minds. "
To read Piper's message "Don't Waste Your Life: http://www.desiringgod.org/library/topics/suffering/dont_waste_your_life.html
To read Piper's response to the recent Tsunami: http://www.desiringgod.org/library/fresh_words/2004/122904.html
"Jesus could weep over people's heartbreaking losses (Luke 19:41; John 11:35). And the Bible tells us plainly, "Weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:12). But when the racking emotions are eased a bit, the questions come, and Jesus does not settle the issues with sentimentality. He deals with ultimate reality. He deals with God and sin and judgment and salvation.
He says in effect: Are you astonished at the death of the Galileans? Are you astonished at the deaths of those who were crushed when the tower of Siloam fell? I will tell you what to be astonished at: be astonished that the tower did not fall on you. If Jesus were here tonight, and we came to him with the death toll from the earthquake in Iran asking him to give an accounting for God, one of the things he would say is: "Be astonished that this hotel has not collapsed with you in it. For unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." Which means all of us deserve to die right now and to perish." -J.Piper (Don't Waste Your Life)
"I will tell you what to be astonished at: be astonished that the tower did not fall on you."
I just keep thinking about that statement.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21
May the Lord be glorified through this whole calamity. May His will be done. May He comfort the brokenhearted and may we all come to the foot of the cross once again. May many repent and come to know Him as King and Lord.
In Him, Chanin