The Asia Tsunami, part I
January 04 05
As I write this, there are well over 100,000 dead as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia. We mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we do not mourn as those who have no hope. We know that they are home now. But we do grieve over the loss of the unsaved. How horrifying it must be to come to the precipice of life where death begins to reign and have no hope. And you can't go back and choose another way. And no one can go back and preach the truth to a dead body.
The scenes keep coming to mind. Dead bodies washed ashore. Or washed away forever. Bodies of those who had given themselves over to false gods. Where are they now? One hundred thousand bodies strewn about on land and sea. Dead bodies swept out to sea, bodies slamming into debris, pummeled by the torrents of water. Dead bodies, mercilessly ripped from the earth.
But only bodies. Mere shells. Only temporary dwellings for a spirit and soul that live on. But where?
Lungs full of water and mud. Eyes full of lifelessness.
Mass graves and funeral pyres. Smoke rising to the heavens. Souls descending to hell.
"Then [the LORD] said [to Elijah], 'Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD.' And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind, an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake, a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice" (1 Kings 19:11-12).
God's not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire. Or the tsunami. God is all-powerful; the power does not contain Him, nor constrain Him. He is beyond the natural. He speaks in the still small voice. Did any of them hear it? Did they listen?
Mothers choosing life or death for their children. Which son can be sacrificed? Five young men daring the mammoth waves. Only three win the dare. No hope for a future, so why not let it go? Who hears the still small voice?
Millions of bodies searching for food and water. Millions of souls searching for the Bread of Life and the water that never runs dry, but they don't know His name. They don't even know what they're seeking.
Millions of bodies searching for food and water. And other bodies. Millions of souls crying out for help. So many souls crying out against God. Who hears the still small voice?
Who will tell them about the still small voice? Who will put a name to the voice? "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?...But Isaiah is very bold and says, 'I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me'" (Romans 10: 14, 20).
The still small voice speaks even to those who do not know the Speaker. But will they listen? The mother chooses physical life or death for her sons, but has she chosen spiritual life for herself? The Indian woman chooses to cry out against God and to blame Him, but who is choosing to listen to the still small voice? Who is choosing to see beyond the natural? God has made Himself manifest even to those who did not ask for Him. God revealed His power in His creation, but who will look beyond the devastation to hear the still small voice?
One hundred thousand dead bodies with no choice. No ears to hear. One hundred thousand souls for whom it's too late to heed the still small voice. Millions more ready to hear. Who will listen? And who will go for Him? Who will tell the people about the still small voice?
If you would like to make a contribution to help the millions of tsunami victims, may I recommend Gospel For Asia? I have personally been involved with GFA for the past five years and I believe they are one of the few organizations out there with integrity AND truth. Visit Gospel For Asia.