I don’t know if there has ever been an earthquake where the people of God didn’t have this passage of the Bible running through their minds:
Matthew 24:7 – For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Most believers that are watching for the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth take this passage of Scripture to be a kind of signal that the end is coming nigh. So, when there are many different earthquakes in different locations, and tsunamis that follow them, the people of God start to look up.
And to some extent they should be. The return of Christ is imminent—meaning that there’s nothing that has to be fulfilled before the return and that it could happen at any moment. Therefore, it should be cause for us to think about what our lives are like in service to Christ.
At the same time, it should cause us to think what has been true for our entire life, that people are dying and going to Hell today. One of the most sobering things of this whole tragedy was something that my wife said after showing some of the pictures and video of what was happening in Japan… That thousands of people are either in Heaven or Hell over this weekend—their fate sealed by the decision that they made on who Christ is.
What about those around you? I’m not saying that a tsunami may take away your neighbors or friends, but the future is not sure, and you may not always be there. Do the people close to you know about your faith? Do they know the truth and the Good News? If not, why not?