Focus: Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death permanently. The sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. Indeed, the LORD has announced it!
Yesterday the world was literally shaken by an earthquake that devastated one of the poorest nations on earth. It is going to be recorded as the greatest disaster since the earthquake in China a year ago, and the Tsunami that hit Indonesia and India a few years ago. There is no way to estimate the total loss that has raped the land of Haiti. My prayers will be with these people. Haiti shook, and the lives of tens of thousands or more are in ruin. But their cries have been heard.
The recent tragedy is another reminder that death, sickness, injustice, unrighteousness, and evil still exist. The innocent continue to suffer, and the weak are still exploited. But where is God in these “hells” on earth? Doesn’t God care?
In short, the answer is “YES!” God does care, and it will be proven by the hands of his people who respond to tragedies like what has happened in Haiti. There is no plan B. We are God’s instruments to help others in their time of need. The world will witness the hand of God restoring the lives of those who have suffered, but a greater promise is in store for those who trust in the Lord.
One day the evil and injustice that we know will be destroyed. God will swallow up death permanently, and he will drench His people with His mercy. God himself will wipe the tears from every face and he will remove the shame from his people. This is what we are living for! While we live in a world that is not yet perfect, one day everything will be made new. This is the Christian hope. This is the promise for those who trust in the Lord.
I can only imagine what it will be like to stand in the Lord’s presence in the time that he has prepared a new home for me and for those who have been faithful to Him. The guilt and shame of my past failures will be completely gone. Fear from violence and evil will no longer be. This is the Christian hope! This is what Christ offers. This is His promise. The Lord has announced it. He has spoken. It will be so.
My heart is with those who are grieving their loss. My prayer is that they will turn to Christ as they begin to witness His power and see it for the first time. To those who are on the outside looking in at the disaster that has violated the lives of others, what are you doing to help bring justice and mercy for the innocent? What are the resources you have to help? This is your time to shine. There is no plan B. You are the face of God today in Haiti, and you are the hands of God in the lives of those who suffer.