Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Snippets of His Sovereignty
For I know that the Lord is great, and that our God is above all gods.
Whatsoever the Lord pleased , that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas , and in all deep places.
He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. Psalm 135:5-7
Above are photos of my street and my front door, under eight inches of snow, last January.
Last winter , scenes like these of a white blanket of deep snow were the same not only all over London , but all over the temperate regions of the Earth's Northern Hemisphere.
Then, snow blizzards caused major disruptions to the normal rhythm of lives.
All means of transport; by road , rail , sea and air became "not fit for purpose"!
Offices and schools were shut; sporting events and holidays were postponed or cancelled. Human plans, forecasts and projects for the Christmas and New year holiday season were rendered "improbable".
Human societies were literally , grounded by snow storms.
Much to the annoyance of millions of people whose plans were cancelled or altered.
We thought we had seen it all .
And now this ; massive disruption and colossal losses to world economies caused by ash and smoke from a volcano in Iceland for almost two weeks now.
The ash and smoke aided on their merry way and dispersed by strong winds from Iceland to surrounding nations in Europe!
Volcano in Iceland; spewing fire ash , smoke and silicates.
Once again , like during the winter snow blizzards, puny Man , with ALL his claim to wisdom, scientific and technological "advancement" IS GROUNDED and can do NOTHING about it ; except to wait until this volcanic eruption ceases!
For how long will this Volcano continue to "misbehave"? No man can say.
What can be done about this ? NOTHING!
Mankind has been rendered impotent and awe-struck before this display of unfettered power!
This loss of control and loss of face caused by Man's impotence is indeed, an embarassing and irritating nuisance to millions.
Especially to those who think they know all the answers.
We have been regaled ,in the media; in recent days, about the " expert scientific explanations " from "renowned experts" as to why and how volcanoes , sometimes , decide to wake from their deep slumber and strut their stuff.
Without prior notice and without getting permission to erupt, from any man !
This is not the time for guess work ,scientific dissertations and permutations.
We have heard all that talk ,"hot air " from the know-it -all "experts" before.
Scientific explanations and analysis about the earth's geology do not restore cancelled flights and airports operations ; neither can they restore stalled human and economic activities.
A challenge has been thrown by a mere volcano to the "kings of the earth" and those men ( and women )who think they know all the answers as to when , why and how the earth was formed.
What are the SOLUTIONS to this disruptions? How will this end ?
In the face of this challenge, human knowledge and wisdom have been rendered " not fit for purpose"
And like ever before , human beings are grounded , powerless and speechless.
I was discussing this situation with someone ,over the weekend .
He was unhappy about this and was lamenting about his inability to travel to the U.S. from London, during last week, as he had planned.
" For how long ? We can't go on like this ", he said. Something has to be done about this mess from a volcano ; or else...!"
"Or else what?", I asked him.
Some stranded passengers have made claims of thousands of pounds each ; for loss of income and breach of contract against their airlines or travel agents .
The airlines and agents are now hoping to dodge payments of such huge sums by making a defence that their failure to perform is due to the volcano and this is an "Act of God".
Which "God" is this? Is it the one who is supposed to be "dead"?
Very convenient, isn't it; to remember to hide behind the name of "God" in the face of impending financial loss !
Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10.
Ultimate and absolute power belongs to Him who has the answers and the ability to CONTROL the elements on the Earth .
He is the One who seats on the Throne and he rules and reigns in the affairs of men.
This is a gentle remainder to mere mortals that Man DOES NOT control the reins that drive this planet.
Snow blizzards , economic crunch , smoke and ash are just a fraction; tiny, weeny snippets of the arsenal at God's disposal to show "know-it-all " mortals ,who, indeed, is in charge here.
The bitter truth for many to swallow is: Man , with all his scientific, technological and nuclear advancement does not have the final say in the affairs on Plant Earth and in human lives.
The Sovereign God , Creator of all men and the entire Universe does.
" I have made the earth , and created man upon it: I, even my hands have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded". Isaiah 45:12.
This current situation is not a "punishment " from God .
Far from it. It is about Him asserting his ownership of His earth and of His Sovereignty in the earth.
For Believers ,there is peace in the midst of this chaos and confusion because our God is in control of this situation.
For all peoples of the earth; it is a call for sober reflections.
The message here is: get your facts right: about who God is .
Acknowledge that God is the God of the whole earth ; worship and exalt Him alone.