Fallen Man’s “Trinity” — “Lady Luck, Mother Nature, and Father Time”

The eastern seaboard recently suffered from an earthquake which centered in Mineral, Virginia and affected a massive area including Maine, Georgia and Illinois. Right on its’ heels was hurricane Irene which caused tremendous destruction in the coastal states from the Carolinas to New England. The especially destructive tornado in Joplin, Missouri, and others throughout the south seem like ancient history. Republican presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann, made a statement that the secular world thought was rather peculiar. I will never forget her statement. She opined that these destructive weather phenomena could be related to God’s judgment on our nation, and upon our sins. The rapid counterattack that I observed on my Yahoo home page painted her into a corner with Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell’s comments after 9/11/01. She is labeled as a religious fanatic by the press for believing that God has the audacity to intervene in the affairs of men. The secular world has less awareness of God’s involvement in the weather than my insurance company which labels major catastrophic events as “acts of God.” Well, SHOULD the Christian believe that God intervenes in the affairs of men, particularly through weather patterns? Maxwell House is good to the last drop. We are quick to quote II Chronicles 7:14 as we seek revival in our decrepit nation, but let us focus on the verse immediately preceding it. II Chronicles 7:13 “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people…..” God intervenes in EVERY way and orchestrates absolutely everything together as He accomplishes His perfect will. Lost souls have no idea of this whatsoever. Let us focus more specifically on the mindset of a soul without Christ. Because of their rebellion against God, here is what they say about God’s spokesmen: Hosea 9:7-9 “…the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. They have deeply corrupted themselves…” So the next time a worldling persecutes you, YOU HAD BETTER THANK GOD, “for so they persecuted the prophets before you.” I cannot help but laugh every time I hear a news anchor ask the weatherman “What kind of weather do you have for us today, Roger?” The Creator of the universe and the One in charge of everything is totally nixed from the equation. More attention is given to “luck”, which has no source and makes no sense. And of course it is all right to refer to “Mother Nature” about our weather but never mention the real Source. Amazing, is it not? Man makes himself a fool (Psalms 14:1A “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God…”) when he prides himself as an athiest or agnostic, and attempts to understand his existance outside of God. Left to himself man comes up with profound cause/effect reasons for our actions and existance through slogans such as “the fickled finger of fate.” If you are 45 or older you can perhaps recall a few of the banal bumper stickers whereby people revealed that they saw no real purpose for our existance: 1)”S___ Happens.” 2)”He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins.” [Wins what?] 3)”Life Is A B____ And Then You Die.” (You fill in the blanks) Profound stuff, eh? The Bible says that “the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world.” It also says that “the carnal (lost) man cannot understand the things of God, for they are foolishness to him.” It takes an act of God called the new birth (John 3:3), to wake up fallen man and give him an understanding of spiritual reality and his purpose in life. Blessings, Pastor Steve

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