Like many of you, I spent too much time yesterday watching CNN on the flat screen waiting for the big wave to hit the Hawaiian Islands. An old high school friend had the unique experience of being on the island of Kauai on vacation these past few days, and he kept in contact via Facebook.
Some people on the islands heeded the warnings and were perched on the cliffs far above the beach with cameras at the ready. But on the horizon were scores of boaters actually wanting to ride the swell when it arrived. Beachcombers and surfers seemed not the least bit concerned about the impending danger.
I was reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:37: But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. In the days leading up to the flood it was business as usual. People were eating, drinking, getting married, going to work, paying the bills, putting out the trash, and watching the evening news. There had been ample warning for over a hundred years, but it had fallen on deaf ears.
I was also reminded of the passage which talks about the Day of the Lord coming suddenly and unexpectedly, like labor pains, upon those who say “peace and safety” (1 Thess. 5:2-3). Or that there will be mockers saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:4).
The Tsunami never came yesterday. Or, as the experts said, it came in a form less severe than had been expected. Apparently the worst of the impact passed by the Hawaiian Islands and dissipated somewhere in the South Pacific. As one news agency reported, “We dodged a bullet.”
As sinners we cannot dodge the bullet of God’s judgement without Christ as our shield and protector. Whether it be through physical death or the Lord’s return, we will all one day face the King of Kings on bended knee. In the meantime, unfortunately, there are always those who see the latest earthquake or Tsunami, or the latest political upheaval or economic downturn, as an opportunity to pin the tail on the Antichrist and set dates for the Lord’s return. Such speculative nonsense notwithstanding, the Lord will return one day at a time known only to God. It might be in our lifetime; but then again it might not. Let others mock if they will, for such mocking will be turned to weeping on the day of judgment for those who stand naked in their own so-called righteousness.
If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory (Col. 3:1-4).