Typhoon Haiyan in My Home Country
But as I look at these images, one by one.. I feel the Lord speaking to me His very words in Isaiah 42:8, “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols." And it let me stop and think.. What, Lord, are we Filipinos, giving glory and praise to more than You directly and who You really are as you said in Your Word? And a lot of things came to mind from our country.. Then I realized that in God’s power, He does not need people, but people need Him since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25). ..
Before I ask the Lord about the reason for this, I realized that (1) God is perfect and pure and wise and powerful and great and He is Holy above all! Then, (2) because man is utterly sinful in thoughts, desires and deeds, none of us deserve anything good from the Creator God. In fact, (3) each of us deserve eternal punishment even as I type this. The Lord is still full of mercy that He is still not wiping us all away from the face of the earth. I’m amazed of His patience! We are all rebels in His sight. These are some things that we already forgot.. Despite what we can see in the news, I believe that God is doing a lot of much better things that media cannot cover right now. I believe that He is calling a lot of people to Him, to trust not in the good things that they do nor in the rituals that they perform. But to call on the Name of Jesus.. **To trust Him fully and to turn away from sins that though they are affected materially, times of refreshing may come to their hearts.. A peace that surpasses understanding in Christ Jesus alone may be in their hearts.. (Philippians 4:7)
O, Church, arise! Lord, help us see this as an opportunity to advance Your Kingdom through much much much prayer, helping hands, donation of basic needs. Teach us to share and live Jesus through the aid of Lord Holy Spirit.