Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Alpha of Dealing with Disasters

UV 3000 / 10000 The Alpha of Dealing with Disasters
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Psalm 46 v 3

Disasters are a heart-wrenching experience for anyone who faces it. Today, the frequency of natural and man made disasters are so high that nations devote considerable resources for disaster management. The Bible predicts that in the last days, many disasters would happen. Since the Lord is our refuge and strength, our ever present Helper, we are not to fear disasters. Even if the oceans rise and the mountains are shaken or drowned, we are not to be perplexed or terrified. As He is our refuge and fortress, we are to hide or take shelter in Him.
The Lord will also preserve us in man-made disasters as it is promised in the Psalms, “ A thousand shall fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, and yet it shall not come near you.” In accordanc e with this promise, my life was preserved in the world’s first human bomb assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur. My faith in Jesus acted literally as a shield and protected the vital organs in my chest even though my limbs were burnt and injured. Scripture promises that when we go through the water, it will not drown us and when we go through the fire, we will not be consumed.

Disasters have their uses in increasing our constant dependence o the Lord. When we confront death face to face and are saved by the Lord, we learn many lessons- His sovereignty and dependability, Our vulnerability and dependence on His saving grace. When our faith is so strengthened after we survive a disaster, whether natural or man-made, we will be effective and faithful witnesses of Jesus. The enemy being a killer and robber wants to have us killed or robbed but the Lord is ever present at our side as our Deliverer.

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