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By , on June 18th, 2010

God’s Faithfulness in Nature

Dear Friends,

In our city, we are witnessing a change from the darkness, dead and cold of Michigan winter, to the beautiful sunshine, warmth, life and blossoms of spring and summer. As long as earth remains, one season will give way to another. Immediately after the worldwide Flood, God speaks a divine soliloquy regarding His purposes towards the earth. In Genesis 8:22 we read, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” We are witnessing not only a change in the seasons, but we are witnessing one of God’s promises being fulfilled in living color and vibrant sound.

God says that never again would the world again be destroyed by a flood, but there is a sense in which the world will cease to exist as we know it. God says, “While the earth remaineth.” The earth is temporary. If you look at the world around you, man continues to operate on his timetable, but God calls us to consider His timetable. There is an end, a Final Judgment, approaching. In the past few months there have been trumpet calls to consider God’s works and ways: countries in debt and anarchy, an earthquake in Haiti claiming thousands of lives and wreaking havoc and destruction, a volcano in Iceland grinding air traffic to a halt, and more recently, an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatening sensitive ecosystems and wildlife. These events show that man is not in control but God is in control.

Perhaps these events strike a profound fear deep inside your being that the world is going awry and you are powerless to do anything. Or you fear that you are not ready to meet the Judge of the living and the dead, Jesus Christ. Just as we see God’s faithfulness in the seasons of summer and winter, springtime and harvest, so we see His faithfulness in the seasons of grace and judgment. These mini-judgments are to remind us that there is a final season of judgment approaching, but they also remind us that we are still in the season of God’s mercy. God calls all men everywhere to repent. God’s faithfulness is displayed in nature, but it is also displayed in grace. In His faithfulness, He has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take the judgment due to sinners. There is an escape from the judgment of God in Christ. Paul says in Romans 5:8-9, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” How will you escape the wrath to come? Flee to Christ now, for now is the season of grace and mercy!

With love in Christ,
Pastor Maarten Kuivenhoven

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