The mudslide in Oso, Washington captures our attention. In the last ten years we have seen catastrophes all over this globe as creation itself groans and suffers the pains of childbirth, awaiting that day to be set free from its slavery to man’s sin and corruption.
When the sons and daughters of God are revealed, Creation will leap into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Until that time, it is heartbreaking to watch the earth shudder, groan, and shake beneath our feet. It is harder still to see lives lost and devastation all around. I don’t know about you, but I just want to turn away and stop looking. Yet we need to ask, what does the Bible say about these events?
Even creation is waiting for the sons and daughters of God to be revealed so that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now (Romans 8, NASB).
Until that day, every one of us on planet earth is subject to decay and corruption that is the result of sin.
This picture of the mudslide in Washington State on March 22, 2014, creates a picture in my mind of the most famous sermon ever preached in American history.
The text for the sermon was taken from two scriptures:
1. Their foot shall slide in due time (Deuteronomy 32:35).
2. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou cast them down into destruction: How are they brought into desolation in a moment (Psalm 73:18,19).
Just as the precious people of Oso, Washington, fell suddenly and without warning into a mile long pit, we must realize that each person in this world today walks in slippery places on this earth and we do not know if we will stand or fall in the next moment and be cast into eternity.
That slippery slope reminds me of a scene in John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress, when the character named Ignorance is debating with Christian about his own salvation:
CHRISTIAN: How! think thou must believe in Christ, when thou seest not thy need of him! Thou neither seest thy original nor actual infirmities; but hast such an opinion of thyself . . . How, then, dost thou say, I believe in Christ?
IGNORANCE: I believe well enough . . .
Christian told Ignorance that he needed a revelation of Jesus Christ, one that only Christ could give to him. Christian said, “Be awakened, then, see thine own wretchedness, and fly to the Lord Jesus.”
In the same way, Jonathan Edwards preached on July 8, 1741, “Let everyone that is out of Christ now awake and fly from the wrath to come.”
Then the Holy Spirit of God awakened the hearts of the hearers in Edwards’ audience in Enfield, Connecticut. Some cried out:
“What shall I do to be saved?”
“Oh, I am going to hell!”
People were suddenly aware that they were on that precipice, in danger of falling into eternity below. Many rushed to the front toward the podium, eager to escape the death drop into desolation.
Our hearts go out with great compassion to those people who suddenly found themselves victims of an unexpected and cataclysmic mudslide last weekend. In the same way, our hearts also go out to our loved ones and friends around us who are without God and need to be awakened to the revelation of Jesus Christ–loved ones who do not realize that are in great danger of falling into eternity without Christ.
I want to tell someone! I want to urge my friend, my relative, my neighbor to WAKE UP! Christian, let’s pray for a great awakening right now, before one more soul drops into eternity without salvation through Jesus Christ.
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2 NASB).