4 Things The Japan Earthquake Should Teach Us

March 14, 2011

By now you’ve seen the footage and heard the news about the earthquake in Japan. 8.9 on the Richter scale, over 10,000 dead, and the earth was actually shaken off its axis by four degrees.

Devastation from earthquake in Japan

But amidst the tragedy, lost lives, and destruction…did we learn anything? Natural disasters often contain spiritual lessons. And times of tragedy can speak a word of wisdom…if we will listen.  

Here are four things we can learn from the earthquake:

  1. Jesus is coming soon – “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.” – Mark 13:8  Sound familiar? If not, read a newspaper.
  2. The things that seem stable, really aren’t – As I mentioned earlier, the entire world was actually shaken off it’s axis. This world, and everything in it, aren’t near as permanent as they feel. And everyone and everything in this world can be shaken. That’s why our trust must be in the only thing that never changes: God. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
  3. We have a lot to be thankful for – Imagine waking up this morning with no job; your workplace is gone. No car; it’s crushed in the debris. No family; their lives were taken in the quake. No roads; they’re gone too. No clothes, or pictures, or computer, or belongings of any kind. Many Japanese woke up to that exact situation this morning. We have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we? And it’s a stark reminder of how quickly everything can be taken away.
  4. Our priorities have a way of getting out of focus – When those who were warned of the coming danger found out they had five minutes to run, what do you think they did? Tried to grab trophies? Awards? Jewelry? Of course not. Because all the sudden, their lives were what mattered most. In the same way, we often become consumed with temporal things. But our spiritual lives are all that really matter. Because there’s a great shaking coming soon. Better get ready.

Please remember to pray for the Japanese people today. Many families are mourning today, and they have a long road of rebuilding ahead of them.

For more incredible pictures of this tragic earthquake, click here.

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