A Spiritual Tsunami
“There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”” (Luke 13:1–5 ESV)
One of the wonders of living where I do is that within minutes I can be on a river, on a lake, or in the woods.
In two hours I can be on the gorgeous Oregon coast.
That is, if I want to be on the gorgeous Oregon coast.
I don’t want to be…not anymore.
According to scientists, sometime soon the Pacific Northwest is going to have the mother of all earthquakes, followed by the most destructive tsunami in American recorded history.
There’s a one in three chance that it will happen in the next fifty years.
“Chance”…my former tribe of Reformed folk do not like that word.
There is no such thing as chance…everything is decreed by God “for our good and His glory”.
That lays some pretty awful things at the hand of God, but the certainty of the doctrine is comforting in a way.
It says that God is in control of everything and there’s always a purpose in suffering and tragedy.
The utter sovereignty of God was “the pillow I laid my head on” for a lot of years.
Jesus doesn’t seem to preach that doctrine in the passage above.
He seems to say that bad stuff happens…that there is a randomness to tragedy that is inexplicable and has nothing to do with the spiritual state of the people involved.
It suggests that everything doesn’t happen for a reason…at least not one that makes sense here.
That, frankly, is terrifying to me.
A spiritual tsunami.
It does fit the data, however.
Somehow, we trust God and walk by faith and not by sight.
I’m supposed to be on the coast Monday…