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Giant Waves, Earthquakes, and The Sovereignty of God

Updated on March 12, 2011

What has happened in Japan is simply catastrophic. My heart goes out to the Japanese citizens, especially those who dwell in the NE, the Sendai Area, Date Masamune country (I had to throw some samurai history into this article). Watching the wall of water devour huge chunks of land, tossing people, cars, buses, homes, and even moving containers like driftwood can have a humbling, effect on our psyche. We realize we are powerless when it comes to things like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, and even cooling the core of a nuclear reactor. Uranium has a life of its own. The man-made reactor and nuclear specialists ultimately cannot tame this fissionable material. We are limited.

As Christians, however, don't we possess tremendous authority (Matt 21:21)? Don't we have authority over nature (Mark 4:39)? Are we just mere cogs in the fatalistic machinery of life? Don't we have a say about things? Or should we look at it this way? Was the recent tsunami an opportunity for people to turn to God? You know the pat answers, "God will cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28). He is in control (Col 1: 17). What was meant for evil, God has turned around for good (Genesis 50:20)."

After wrestling with God and other crazy people who think about these things, I have come to this conclusion: we swing from one extreme to the other. Human beings like extremes because it gives us a sense of stability, a sense of comfort, a sense that we are God. We want the final blueprint for everything. We want to nail down the mysteries of life, even though the term mystery means 'the unknown'. Knowledge brings power (Proverbs 24:5). Some are either extreme dominion theologians, rebuking everything from hurricanes to mosquitos biting them at a barbecue; or, they are Hyper-Calvinists who bow to every evil thing as coming from the hand of God. "We need to accept this cancer because through it God will grow us in character." Maybe some fall in between the two, but in the end, we still place our trust in some quasi-theology to make sense of our world and God's ways.

Who's right? Maybe we need to pray for strength to ride out a hurricane. Maybe we need to rebuke it in Jesus' name. Maybe we need to believe God for a complete healing for someone suffering with stage four lymphoma cancer. I think all speak truth to our spirit, but could this be the answer? Instead of placing our trust in a theology (study of God), why not place our trust in God? What do I mean by this? Why not have such a close relationship with the Living God, that we know what to do and think in every situation? Why not be like David when he asked God, "Should we fight or not fight the Philistines?" He was a man after God's own heart. He was a man after God's ways. He sought God first for the answer, not some theological work.

Please understand, I am not against good theology and Bible study. I am a proponent of these things. I am against, however, an unbalanced trust in study apart from a real relationship with God. Many have and are continuing to go down this path. It leads to spiritual dryness and death.

Even Balaam, the rebellious prophet, said, “Did I not tell you, ‘Whatever the Lord speaks, that I must do’ (Numbers 23:26)?” He only did what Yahweh asked him to do. Jesus said and did the same thing (John 8:28). Every man and woman of God trusted the Living God, not some theology.

Man's propensity is to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, rather than from the tree of life (God). Face it, many want to be God. It's easier and more expedient to be God. Many want it fast but the way of God is for the patient of heart. John 14:6 states, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the father except through me." Many are called to life (God) and not death. Theology brought death to the Pharisees, but God, through Jesus, brought life to those who sought Him.

Pursuing relationship with God while studying the Scriptures produces humility and true wisdom. Studying the Scriptures alone cements God into a box and blinds us to the real truth. The Pharisees did this and paid a tremendous price. They missed their day of visitation. Many are paying the same price today. When learning how to fix a car, you just don't look at a mechanics guide to grow in mechanical proficiency. One needs to poke their head into an engine and get greasy. There is nothing like the real thing. It's the same with our pursuit of God. Many stay satisfied with just sticking their faces into a Bible, but fail to relate with God. They know about God rather than know God. It takes faith to go beyond knowledge and into relationship. That's the clarion call for all Christians today. It's the great divide. It's a choice between realness or hypocrisy.

So what should we make of the recent tragedy in Japan? I honestly don't know the full answer. I will continue to pray for these precious people. I will continue to spend time with our Father to find out the answer. He may answer me now or he may answer me later. He may not answer me at all, but I will grow in my relationship with God through the experience of just relating. He will do the same for you. Nothing is wasted with God. Brothers and sisters, approach the throne of grace and talk to Him face to face (Hebrews 4:16). You will be blessed (Jeremiah 33:3).

It's time to draw near to God.


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    • FriendofTruth profile image


      7 years ago from Michigan

      When something like this happens, it is more confirmation to the truth of Yah's Word, for as Judah's Daughter stated in her comment, Jesus (Yahusha) said it would happen. I feel sorrow for what so many are going through, but my hope is that through all of this, and through more that will happen in the future - people will be reminded of His Word, and for those who need to repent and turn to Him - that they will; and for those of us who are already loving and following Him - that we will be preparing ourselves all the more for His coming.

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii


      Yes, his ways are not our ways. Bless you. Thank you for your comments.


      Yes, it boils down to relationship.It's all about Him. God bless you.

    • Tamarajo profile image


      7 years ago

      "Instead of placing our trust in a theology (study of God), why not place our trust in God?" ..profoundly stated.

      I like how you contrasted the extremes on both sides.

      A balanced look at our faith in the only one who can save us from anything. It all boils down to that relationship with Him. Learning to hear Him and obeying Him.

      You summed it up nicely with "its time to draw near to God"

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Bless you Fay,

      Thank you for your prayers and support.

    • kimbrewaa profile image


      7 years ago

      Very well done. Sometimes we can't and are not meant to understand the ways of God. His thinking is not like our thinking and His ways not our ways. He has an ultimate plan for us and nothing will stand in the way of God's will. I am praying for those in Japan and across the nation who lost loved ones there. Thank you for this enlightening read. Be blessed.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for your wisdom at a time when people most need to be inspired.


    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you FaithDream for your words of encouragement.

      Please continue to pray for those suffering in Japan. Bless you.

    • FaithDream profile image


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Minstrel, in the face of such weariness and adversity, you show such wisdom and guidance. May God bless your heart, for you show truth and light.

      I like what you said, "Nothing is wasted with God." No matter what we face each day, God is there. No matter how many times we cry out to Jesus, He is there. God loves us, every one of us and He is waiting.

      Bless you for the words your write. They are inspiring.

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Bless you Judah's daughter,

      You are sensitive to the ways of God.

    • Judah's Daughter profile image

      Judah's Daughter 

      7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Awesome and true! Some people have no idea they can receive anything more from God than what is written in black and white. They think the more they study or memorize, the more spiritual they become. God's word is living, only if you know the Author of the Word. When I ask of God, He gives me just enough to then test by the Word. I then ask more, and He gives me more. The Bible is a tool, a confirmation. Some of the things God tells us to DO are not written in the Bible (i.e. one man was told to jump on a pile of newspapers; another to stand on his head in a restaurant ~ great testimonies). If we can't hear God or feel His promptings, we are living in a desert, for sure. May we continue to pray that He give us eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to obey.

      As far as the earthquake and tsunami, it is yet another on a fast-paced list of natural disasters occurring in these last days, just as Jesus prophesied. We know He has a divine purpose for everything and we are not to lean on our own understanding. Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan and those threatened by even more potential dangers.


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