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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Are you afraid of Tsunami ?

Are you afraid of the disaster happened in Japan ?
Do you expect such an event at your home place or workplace ?
How will you respond ?

We are in a world where danger or peril is around the corner.
There are natural disasters and calamities.

There are accidents due to human and mechanical failures which also we can not avoid. 

There are accidents or dangers done by evil men.

There are sicknesses and diseases.

There are also failures in businesses, exams and jobs.

We are in a world where everything is not certain except of course the promises of God which stands forever.

The Question is:
        Are we protected from these?
        What does the Bible teach us?

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge—
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
(Psalm 91:1-16)

The Security of the Promises of God

 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”  (Genesis 28:15)

       The LORD is your keeper;
              The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
       The sun will not smite you by day,
              Nor the moon by night.
       The LORD will protect you from all evil;
              He will keep your soul.
       The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
              From this time forth and forever
              (Psalm 121:5-8)

What shall keep us out of God’s Loving Protection ?

But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the LORD burned against the sons of Israel.   (Joshua 7:1)

The men of Ai struck down about thirty-six of their men, and pursued them from the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them down on the descent, so the hearts of the people melted and became as water.
                                                                                                                                                                                           (Joshua 7:5 )

Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord GOD, why did You ever bring this people over the Jordan, only to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? If only we had been willing to dwell beyond the Jordan!  (Joshua  7:7)
                                                                                                                                                                             So the LORD said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? (Joshua 7:10)

“Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things.  (Joshua 7:11) 

“Therefore the sons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, for they have become accursed. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst.  (Joshua 7:12)

God alone is our refuge and shield at all times.
He alone we should reach out first and put our trust.
We should keep ourselves from the things that not please God

Tsunami , earthquake, Death or loss of our beloved ones or anything can happen at any time any where in the world. We are not excluded from these. But ,we will not be disappointed or frustrated just because a disaster rather will continue our journey to the eternity unaffected as that wise man who built house upon the rock.

So be like that wise man..

Keep well your foundation (faith)

Lent wishes

Nelson T T

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