After experiencing this earthquake, I have been intrigued with what the Scriptures have to say concerning earthquakes. My husband reminded me that the first earthquake took place when Korah sinned against God and the earth swallowed him and his family up. This morning I thought about the day Jesus died, and how the darkness covered the earth and the earth shook.
On Sunday, Eric preached from Acts 16, when Paul and Silas were in prison. See, they had been sent to Macedonia after receiving direction from the Lord to go. When they arrived, they had met opposition on every side, and in the end found themselves in prison,after having been beaten for no good reason. As they are in jail, the hour nears midnight, and they are singing praises to the Lord (that’s a whole other post 🙂 ) When suddenly the Bibles says there was a great earthquake. It doesn’t tell us what it registered on the Richter scale, but I’m here to tell you it had to be at least an 7-9 in order to break open the prison doors. Not only did it break open the prison doors, it broke the shackles off of each prisoner. Yet, amazingly, the prison did not crumble. Yet more amazingly is the fact that they all remained in the prison.
Having been through an earthquake, this is striking. For as soon as people felt the quake, they were out the door if at all possible. The biggest aftershock that struck a day after the massive earthquake, found me inside the house washing dishes. Yet, as soon as I felt it shake, I was out the door with the kids.
Yet, Paul and Silas and all the prisoners remained. Amazing.
But what is more wonderful, is the fact that it was because of the earthquake that the jailer and his whole family were saved.
As I look around at the destruction, I have to believe there is a bigger picture going on.
I believe in the days ahead, we will be able to look back, and see the hand of God, and how He used this disaster for His glory, for the salvation of many.
So, as our family ministers, as we go and deliver food, tents, and supplies. We go as Christ Ambassadors.
“We are therefore Christ Ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ behalf, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20