Shaken

I guess it takes the earth to move to get me to update my blog.

As you probably have heard already, we experienced an earthquake here in Alaska. It is not an unusual occurrence as we are living on the Ring of Fire but it was the first quake that ever woke me up. We were a good distance from the epicenter so all we felt was a rolling sensation that rattled the house and had our hanging lights swinging in circles for several minutes. Most people around here slept through it and those that live closest to where the quake occurred did not even have any significant damage. There were multiple tsunami warnings issued but no significant wave developed. It was a powerful 7.9 earthquake however; and it could have been much worse had it occurred closer to a large population or had it actually produced a tsunami.

I was actually looking forward to experiencing an earthquake but obviously not one that destroyed property or lives. While this quake was very minor in our area it was still interesting how it affected me. The earth is supposed to be solid; unmovable. When it moves it messes with your head. If there is anything in this world to put some faith into you would think it would be the ground beneath your feet. But, it moves too. It was just a little unsettling to think about as I settled back into bed. However, the One who made the earth is my God. He is unmovable and unchangeable. He is faithful and sure. He will never fail.

Psa 46:1-2 KJV
(1)  To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
(2)  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

What tremendous power it is to make the earth move and shake for hundreds of miles! And yet, it is but a breath in the nostrils of God.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.  (Psa 18:7 KJV)

Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.  (Psa 18:15 KJV)

What a mighty God! Let all people fear Him!

How foolish it is to deny and defy the Lord!

Nah 1:2-10 KJV
(2)  God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
(3)  The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
(4)  He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
(5)  The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
(6)  Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
(7)  The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
(8)  But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
(9)  What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
(10)  For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

It amazes me that so many people live as if there is no God. Even many who profess a belief in God ignore Him. What has happened to diminish the fear of God in man? Shouldn’t something like an earthquake shake the soul of man? After all, what nation or power is ever able to prevent the earth from moving? What power can stop a hurricane, tornado, flood, or volcano? God controls all things and uses them as He wills.

Two ideas have permeated society that have caused many to lose a fear of God. One is secular and one is religious. Evolution and its various so-called scientific theories have attempted to erase from man’s consciousness any thought of a greater power other than chance and change. On the opposite side of the spectrum, much of Christianity has been inculcated with the idea that God is so loving that He cannot hate. One side seeks to eliminate the idea of God and the other side the idea of a judgement after this life. Both have succeeded in abating much of any fear of God in this world and in the church.    This is a tragedy!

Heb 11:7 KJV
(7)  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Mat 24:38-39 KJV
(38)  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
(39)  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

2Pe 3:6-13 KJV
(6)  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
(7)  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
(8)  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
(9)  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
(10)  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
(11)  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
(12)  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
(13)  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Do we really believe that the days we are living in are similar to the days of Noah? If we do, how then should we live each day?

Has God changed? Has He canceled Judgement Day when all people will stand and give an account of their actions and words? Does it matter to Him one iota what a bunch of intellectual fools (Psalms 14:1) and theologians have to say regarding Him?

God told Noah that it was going to rain. Noah’s fear of God and faith in Him immediately sprang into action.

God tells us in His Word that judgement is coming. Will your fear and faith be evident today?

“When preachers teach biblically and clearly about the judgment of God and the dangers of hell, men begin to see that their greatest need is to be saved from eternal condemnation, and the more “practical” needs of this present age become trivial in comparison.”          –Paul Washer

 

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