West Texas is a long way from Japan. The ground did not shake under my feet last Friday. The ocean did not overwhelm my home. I don’t have friends or family in Tokyo. But this tragedy has remained in my thoughts and prayers since I first heard about it.
I believe that God is in control of all things. That He has the power to still the earth. Yet, often I don’t understand why He works the way He does. Saturday morning I wrote the following in my journal:
Yesterday, an 8.9 earthquake struck Japan and caused a tsunami that devastated the country then swept across the Pacific all the way to California. Lord, where were You in all that? Why did You allow it? How does this death and destruction fit in with your grand scheme of things? How much longer until You make all things right?
Then I read this:
But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore—
the Lord above is mightier than these!
Psalm 93:4, NLT
My questions don’t change the truth about God and who He is. Even if my faith is shaky, He is unshakeable, rock-solid.
He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He. Deuteronomy 32:4, NIV
Even when the earth rocks we can trust in the faithful Rock. Even when we don’t understand why the waters are rising we can know that our God is perfect.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Psalm 46:1-3, NIV
Even when it feels like everything around us is crumbling we can run to God for protection and find strength.
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Psalm 62:1-2, NIV
My world may shake around me, but if I take my stand on the solid Rock, I will never be shaken.
What circumstances rock your world today?