A friend of mine lives in Hawaii. I asked if he feared the volcano blowing its top and wiping out his island. He said, “Maybe it’s time to move to Wyoming.” I cautioned him that Yellowstone (in the northwest corner of Wyoming) is a thin place in the earth’s crust where a magma dome occasionally rises to impose its will on the local neighborhood. He said, “Well, maybe I’ll move to the Midwest, then.” I explained geologists say this super volcano will devastate everything within 1,000 miles and will bury the entire Midwest.) He said, “Maybe I should move to Florida with you.” I cautioned him further, “The volcanic ash will trigger a global winter that might threaten human survival. And by the way, the Discovery Channel says the 600,000-year cycle of this cataclysmic event is due any time now.”

He said, “Well, it seems you have devised, yet again, another creative argument for me to accept your Christianity.” I reminded him that when you live with Jesus you don’t have to stress out over any threats, whether they be natural disasters or terrorist threats, nuclear war or a bad health diagnosis, because we live with God now and forever in Heaven.

Followers of Jesus know that in some way, the world as we know it is going to end. There’s nothing we can do about it. However, we don’t worry about doomsday scenarios, because as Deuteronomy 33:27 states: “The eternal God is our dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
God’s caring arms are underneath the magma and fault lines. They are underneath our weekly calendars, the tough meetings we are facing, family distresses and personal issues. There is no place we can go, nothing we can do, nothing that can happen to us today or tomorrow that will alter the fact that God’s watchful eye and loving heart is upon us. Not only does He have the whole world in His hands, but your whole world is of personal interest to Him.

Therefore, while we don’t worry about what will happen to us, we are concerned about God’s kingdom agenda. May we share Paul’s heart: “Apart from such external things there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches… who is led into sin without my intense concern?” 2 Corinthians 11:28-9.

Rev Dr William A Lewis