“He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me (Psalm 55:18).”
Real and imaginary disasters are in the news today. One involves a movie, which appears to be a catastrophe itself. The other is the recent tsunami that hit the South Pacific .
In the new movie “2012” monstrous devastation occurs, at least according to trailer of the movie which has just been released. The flick is based on the supposed acocalypse that is coming in the year 2012. Doomsday watchers cite the Mayan calendar and Nostradamus as sources for this prediction. Based on the trailer, the critics say the film will be a flop.
The UK Daily Mail website reports on how two surfers survived the tsunami. One of them actually pointed his surfboard toward the huge wave to escape, riding over it. The other, New Zealand student Chris Nel, was washed out to sea and rode out the wave.
A close look at both reports brings out a glaring theme. God seems to be absent from the picture (pun intended). In the film character Jackson Curtis, a science fiction writer, mocks the chances of some sort of doomsday. He jokingly says to his kids, “What are the odds?”.
In the story about the tsunami, the reporter says that Nels is “thanking his lucky stars” that he is alive. Nels himself says, “We were really, really lucky.”
The truth is that there will in fact be a day when God judges the world for its rebellion against Him. What it will be like exactly no one can say with certainty, but it’s coming. In addition, the reality of our being alive has nothing to do with “luck” or “stars”. God said through the apostle Paul that it is in him that we “live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28)”.
When it comes to cause and effect in our lives, we need to separate fact from fiction. It is God who allows and engineers events, and it is God who gives us life. He is also the one who saves us from disaster.