The day Serene and I celebrated our 16th anniversary on 11 March, the world received news about a staggering 8.9 earthquake that sent a 10m-high tsunami crashing into the northern sectors of Japan. Over the next days, images of the devastation and destruction have been displayed across all media. There is no denying there this was a real biggie as far as earthquakes and tsunamis are concerned. Even as I write this post, fresh updates are streaming in, highlighting new struggles and challenges as Japan copes with the aftermath.
From a biblical and prophetic perspective, this is clearly an endtime event. And views may range from one of the wrath of God being poured out, to others that may suggest the judgment of God on a nation steeped in idol worship. I chanced upon a post that even provided a geological basis to the biblical and prophetic bases of this tsunami and others that will follow! Also, I am sure there are many with questions like, “If God is a God of love, why would He allow such a bad thing to happen?”
As I spent some time in the Scriptures this morning, I was led to read the creation account again. Genesis 1:31 in particularly spoke to me: “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” (NKJV) At that very moment, I sensed a “broken-ness” in the heart of the Creator as images of the tsunami-affected areas and people flashed across my mind. I sincerely believe that what has happened and is happening in Japan breaks the heart of God. His creation, and that includes the people of Japan, is being ravaged by the effects and consequences of sin. When Man fell (as recorded in Genesis 3) and was separated from God, all of creation fell too.
The good news is that God did not simply sit back to see creation self-destruct. In His redemptive plan, God sent Jesus as the Saviour … not only for Mankind but also for all creation! Not only will those who believe in Jesus be saved and restored; but one day, all creation will too be restored. That time is not yet, but without doubt, that day of hope is coming very soon! Rom 8:19-21 declares, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
God’s heart is crying for His creation, for those who still do not know Him as the one true God. The global happenings that are taking place are all signs that seek to point the world back to the Creator. God’s heart is crying for all who are lost for He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:4) That truth is found in Jesus Christ. The way back to Him is through faith in Jesus Christ. Make no mistake – there is salvation in one name only, and that name is none other than Jesus Christ.