This week’s tornadoes and flooding have shook the eastern coast of America. Damage reports from fifty-six tornadoes that killed people and destroyed property, twenty inches of rain in Pensacola that tore up highways and flipped cars flash across our TV screens and computers. What is happening?
As a Christian, I wonder is this the wrath of God poured out on a nation that no longer follows Him? The Old Testament tells us again and again how God sent natural disasters and even Israel’s enemies as a wake up call to them. Along with these events, he sent prophets to plead with the country to return to Him.
I don’t claim to be a prophet but I do wonder if God is not sending us a wake-up call. As Christians, the call is specific to us. The world can’t return to Him. They don’t know Him. However, we–His people–do.
Are we so caught up in the world, in our own entertainment or agenda, that we don’t hear his call? Have we left Him to follow other things? No, you might say. I still go to church. I read my Bible once in a while. And yet, our hearts are far from Him.
Only you know where you are. Only you can find a quiet moment today and ask God to search your heart and tell you if you’ve strayed from Him. God wants commitment. He doesn’t want to be a side item on your salad bar of life. He’s the main dish, the real deal, the Holy One, the Creator, the God of the Universe.
The Lord calls to us today as he did to Israel years ago to return to Him. He says to us that he is of tender mercies. He wants us to come to Him with our whole hearts and not in pretense.
Whether or not the storms, the floodings are from Him, we need to wake up. In one moment, all that we have can be gone. Where, then, is our heart? What, then, is important in life? It’s time to decide.