There have been so many natural disasters in recent months; earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Haiti; and major flooding in Pakistan. When we also consider the widespread political upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa, and the financial upheavals that are currently affecting most countries, the overall picture is of a world in crisis.
And yet our world has a long history of major disasters even more horrific than those of recent years. The great Chinese famine of 1958 caused the loss of 40 million lives. 300 million people died of Smallpox in the early 1900’s, and in the 14th century 75 million (half the population of Europe) died of the Black Death.
So these recent events by themselves are not an indication that Christ will return soon. Rather, they remind us that our world is tainted by sin and the curse, and they warn us that our lives are fragile.
Let us take heed of these recent terrible warnings, and make sure we have taken care of the important matter of our final destiny. Only by putting our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ can we make sure of eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16