Sunday, April 18, 2010

Iceland Volcano shows God's Control

How ironic that the continent of Europe is "suddenly" being held hostage by the hand of the God that they largely have come to ignore. To many on this continent, God either doesn't exist or is not to be worshipped.
Wherever we now cast our gaze around the globe, we are met with the spectacle of individuals and whole cultures set spiritually ablaze, and eager to spread the flame to others. The Old World is different: though Christian belief remains strong in some European countries, like Poland, and Islam is a potent force among Muslims across the Continent, contemporary Europe is the closest thing to a godless civilization the world has ever known.
How many are stuck in airports right now reading books about the silliness of believeing in God? How many are unable to do what they want to do or go where they want to go because God's natural creation (a volcano) in a matter of days imposes itself on their daily routines, and brings their "freedom" to a halt? Perhaps it is instructive to see in the Biblical book of Job where the title character was being questioned by God regarding his smallness in comparison to the God who created such things as a mere volcano:

Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man,because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels* shouted for joy? “Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!’ (Job 39:2-11 NLT)

One can certainly see the Lord asking such questions to the current people of Europe (and also others around the world). The same questions written thousands of years ago but still applicable today. How could such questions possibly apply to the people of 2010? Who knew? But of course, this God does not least not to many now stuck in airports throughout Europe. The irony would be amusing of it weren't even more sad. We are seeing the large earthquakes, tsunamis and now volcanoes and yet we are simulteanously living in a more and more godless world of human behavior.

People of Europe; people of the world...God is real. He shows himself real each and every day in small ways and in large ways. Humble yourselves before Him. To put it in the language of today: God has a weakness for you. He loves you and wants you to be with Him. Admit your need for Him and He will welcome you back with open arms. Here's how the Bible puts it: The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. (2 Peter 3:9-10 NLT)


Michelle said...

Hi Peter,

I was just catching up on some reading of my favorite blogs...
Glad that you are posting again :)

Interesting New York Times quote.
I just recently met a young woman from Germany and she confirmed this unfortunate fact as well... (she "has no religion" she said, nor do most of the people in her country)'s so sad that much of Europe seems to have forgotten about God...

God bless,

LisaShaw said...

Stirring message and GOD indeed is real!!! Amen!!

You know you bless me in all the truth you speak on and off line!

A God who sends people to Hell?