They are constantly in the news. Earthquakes of differing magnitudes reported
from many areas around the planet. We have seen how devastating some of them
are, as with the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile recently.
Their frequency and prominence in the news are fitting in with the forecasts
made in the Bible about the last days of this age (eg. Jesus’ prophecy
in Matthew chapter 24, verse 7).
But something that isn’t widely known is how important it is that we
have them, along with volcanoes. Of course our obvious concern is the damage
and loss of life they cause. We wonder if the fault lines are pointing to
faults in God's creation.
We all know about the way water is recycled through evaporation, rain, rivers
and oceans. Working alongside this is a similar occurrence. Vital mineral
compounds are recycled through the movements of tectonic plates and volcanoes,
replenishing the surface of the earth's crust. Rather than occurring to
take away life, they work to support life. The planet needs the
Perhaps humans have not been wise and we should have heeded the warnings and
moved away from fault lines and kept a distance from volcanoes.
are shaking, too
With all our progress in recent history, we live with more insecurity than
ever, so it seems. We can't control world economics, the fragile
environment, international relationships and the inevitability of war. For
countless people, the tentativeness of inter-personal relationships causes
untold heartbreak. Where can we find constancy?
But there are things that cannot be shaken. People, who have taken the step of
placing their full confidence in Jesus as Saviour, are aware of them. God
Himself, His throne, His promises, His plan, can never be shaken. Think about
these words from Hebrews chapter 12.
“God has promised: ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth
but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicate the
removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot
be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot
be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and
awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
Seek Him, find Him, trust in
Him, rest in Him.