The Earthquake that Shook the World…for now

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the world met with a catastrophe of major proportions: an earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Haiti 6 miles underground, with its epicenter being located approximately 10 miles southwest of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince (U.S. Geological Survey). Though there was a significant loss of life in the initial moments, there is still fear that the number will increase due to lack of medical attention and relief workers’ inability to distribute food and water in a way that guarantees that everyone will receive. It is a devastating event for Haitians who live on the island and to those who have family and friends there. In fact, it is horrific to anyone who cares about human beings. As a Christian and a Haitian, there are important reflections to be made concerning this event, reflections that should also involve action.

Help Them

There is more than one way that you can help. For those that are able to do so financially, I call upon you to open your pockets and give cheerfully, “for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7, NIV). The money that you give will go towards fulfilling the words of Jesus, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was sick and you looked after me” (Matt. 25:35, 37). Those who perform such actions are the sheep that will be on His right side when He comes (Matt. 25:31-34). The actions are depicted as if done to Jesus Himself: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40).

If you’re unable to do anything financially, you can still help. God is still in the business of answering prayers (1 Pet. 3:12). Even if you don’t know how to utter a majestic prayer like one of those eloquent speakers in your congregation, there is no need to worry. The Spirit is able to take your prayers, as He does for the eloquent speakers, and intercede (Rom. 8:26-27). So pray that those who have lost loved ones may be comforted; that those who are rescued may find food, medicine and water; and finally, pray that living conditions improve and that the survivors are able to get back on their feet.

Eschatological Significance

A Christian cannot go past this event without noting that it has eschatological significance. Though I may be viewed as a pessimist for even bringing end-time significance into focus during this time (as my friend pointed out clearly in his sermon last Sabbath), it is true that the Bible says that there will be “famines and earthquakes in various places” (Matt. 24:7, Luke 21:11). These are to happen before the second coming of Christ, but they are only the beginning (Matt. 24:8). Nothing guarantees that Haiti will be fixed, only God knows. I pray that it will be fixed and that more people will get the opportunity to choose Jesus Christ as their personal savior before the world get worst (it will). We see the hand of God in the recovery efforts and in the experiences of the survivors. He is active. I dare ask, are we ready for what’s coming? If it’s this bad now, how bad will it get later?

If you learned the lesson of the fig tree, you will recognize that the earthquake in Haiti is a sign of the coming of summer—the eschaton (Matt. 24:32, 33). Jesus is coming and He is right at the door. In all our praying and helping, let us not forget that these things were predicted and that we need to announce to the world that the heavens will open one day to reveal not only a revelation from God, but that God Himself is also that revelation.

Culture of Preparedness

What does this earthquake call for? A lifestyle of preparedness—a lifestyle that keeps you in constant communication with God. If this is not a wake-up call, then I don’t know what else is. If we are alive now and are able to evaluate where our relationship with God has been going, then we should do what is necessary. Join with me as I call on the name of Jesus to save me. Yes, God wants to save us, whether we be Haitians, Americans, Jamaicans, etc, He wants to save. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts,” but join Christ and “hold firmly till the end” (Heb. 3:15, 14).

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5 comments on “The Earthquake that Shook the World…for now

  1. I sat in Power Hour today, a midday praise and worship gathering at school,and a young lady said that she does not know how many family members she has lost as a result of this earthquake; she went on to explain that she lost more than she had fingers and toes to count. Someone asked “Why did God allow these earthquakes?”

    When I consider these questions I have to keep in mind God’s original plan for mankind. God did not give mankind, originally, the knowledge of evil. In the Garden of Eden there were no natural disasters. Sin brought destruction and death to the world and even today we see the results of sin. The Holy Spirit is called The Comforter and Jerry I will join in prayer with many who are left without many words to even grasp the severity of these natuural disasters that are taking place.

    • Thanks for your comment Sgt. Buffong.

      One of my biggest concerns is that we have become to comfortable with hearing about disasters and therefore we don’t pay much attention when things like this happen. Or even worst, we don’t care because it is not happening to us.

      This is not the world that God set us up for us, but we have to be bearers of light in it. I pray along with you that we are able to do so, not just by preaching, but through actions that are reflective of what Christ did Himself.

  2. I like what was said about having a lifestyle of preparedness. When tragedies such as these occur,many people run to God out of fear and emotion. When the hype is over, they go back to the habits of everyday life and forget what had occured. Commitments made because of fear don’t last but those made out of love do.If we seriously prepare ourselves for Christ’s coming and allow ourselves to fall in love with Him, our faith will not be shaken by these disasters because we will expect them. Knowing God and believing in Him makes all of the difference in how we handle different trials and tribulations.I pray that the earthquake in Haiti sparked an interest in many people to get to know Jesus and form a deeper relationship with Him.

  3. My soul was blessed. Tnx a lot, bro. Indeed, Jesus is coming soon. So many of us know this but are doing nothing sincere to change and be ready. We must surely all pray for our souls.. God is able to soften even a hardened heart.

  4. Christ is comming soon, sonner than we think. and the earthquarke was a reminder to us who survived, how ready are we to recieve the King when He comes in Glory? are we telling others of His coming too?
    as much as all this are happening its an assurance that it is just but for a while and soon we will recive the full Joy that comes from the Lord

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