Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Haiti's Deliverance

2am 1.19.10 one year from 1.19.11

I’ve been praying. For Haiti. More than ever. Haiti needs help. Haiti is getting help today; more than ever. She needed prayer. She is getting prayer today; more than ever.

Some have said it was an act of God’s judgment. More have thought it. Many have jumped in to help; and many to exploit.

If God was involved – Love was involved. God is love. If God was involved He was The First Responder to offer aid. He was on the scene to bring relief; to show acts of mercy; to offer hope.

And He will be the last one there. When the media and everyone else have turned away; He will stay. God is love.

The earth groans and travails until the return of Christ and the real global warming takes place – purging with fire.

 2 Peter 3:9-12  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

The Day of the Lord

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

Could it be that the rocks cry out; could the earth quake in travail, crying out for deliverance?

Luke 19:37-40  Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:

“‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Romans 8:21-23  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Personally, I don’t think God sent an earthquake to judge this people. Judgment Day is coming for us all. Soon.

Jesus told us ahead of time these things would happen.

Mark 13:8  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

They’re related to birth pains. Birth pains are bittersweet; bitter arrival – sweet delivery. We are in the last trimester, the day of delivery is here…

Romans 13:11-14 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.


Glynn said...

I've wondered if disasters like this are less about judgments on the people affected and more about tests for those of us who weren't.

Denise said...

Amen, in total agreement with you my friend.

Anne Lang Bundy said...

Doug, you've so aptly captured this situation with the words, "He will be the last one there. When the media and everyone else have turned away; He will stay."

Yet another way to look at the name of Jesus: "The First and the Last."