One of the indicators that we are getting close to the end of the story, God’s story, is that there will be an increase in Natural disasters. When Jesus used the word earthquakes describing the end times it is very probable that He was talking about all natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes.
I was reading a news commentator’s blog and he said that this year will probably go down as the worst year in human history. I don’t know if that was based on some factual information or his emotional response to current events. He went on to say that he doubted if we would ever see another year like this one ever again. I thought to myself, “you are in for a rude awakening, ” because it is going to continue to get worse at an accelerated pace.
As things do get worse I remind myself that God gives His strength to those who are living for Him, to those who are serving Him. The worse it gets the more strength He gives. Also the worse things get the more people will turn to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They will turn to Jesus not only because of the hard times but because of the joy, peace, and strength that those who are fully devoted followers of Jesus have.
Most Christians are lukewarm, they are not fully devoted followers of Jesus. They are so entangled in the affairs of everyday life that they have no time to serve Jesus or energy. I was talking to a pastor of a church and he said that the worse things get the harder it is to get people to volunteer and serve in the church. Nothing amplifies lukewarmness like personal crisis, people become all about taking care of themselves.
A major principle to remember is when we serve the Lord by serving and helping others, and by being a functioning part of His church He serves us, but when we make taking care of ourselves our main focus He lets us do it. It isn’t hard for me to figure out who will do the better job of taking care of my family and me.