When I checked my Facebook this morning, most of the posts were about the tsunami in Japan. It was waking up in the morning not with a bad dream, but a sad reality.
I, myself, skipped my reading for today’s quiet time and instead opened my Bible to Matthew 24. I just want to be reminded again that the events that have been happening in different parts of the world are bound to happen.
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matt 24:6-8)
The truth is – our prayers can never change the things that were already prophesied. Instead, let the events that are happening remind us of the things that we should start changing in ourselves. And when we pray, let our prayers be for people to come to know Jesus. We can never escape all of these events. But, we can always be ready.
I know some of us are getting anxious if the end of the world is coming. Well, we really don’t know. But I think… it is not yet coming today or tomorrow. Why?
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14)
God is gracious and merciful. Only through His Son, Jesus Christ, that we will truly be saved not from the calamities of this world but from eternal pain and suffering. That’s why the world will never end until everyone has heard Jesus’ Name.
So instead of worrying about the end of the world or about the coming earthquakes or tsunamis, let’s start putting our faith in Jesus and allow Him to make us ready.