On the news and on social media, we have seen and heard the heart-breaking news about the damage caused by hurricane Irma. On the Island of Barbuda, it is estimated that about 95% of all buildings are damaged. Thousands of people are left with little or no food and shelter, in addition to the long-term cost of repairing properties and the psychological recovery from the experience.
In times like this, people have different views as to why we are experiencing such disasters more frequently and more intense. Some explain that it is man-made, as a result of an increase in greenhouse gases leading to global warming. Others perceive it as just a natural disaster. On the religious side, some believe it is the wrath of God and His judgement on sin, while others believe it is the signs of the end times.
Regardless of where we stand in our views, such a disaster should ultimately lead us to a place of reflection, where we consider what truly matters. It is a time we are reminded that this earth is temporary and unstable; and while we can place our confidence in earthly things for a moment, it could all be stripped away. If we are seeking lasting prosperity, security, joy and happiness, these are the times we are reminded that our yearnings can only be truly satisfied in an eternal world (Heaven).
In John 14:1-3, Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house [Heaven] are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also”.
Pastor Chris Eke