Natural disasters are not natural
2 Samuel 21:1, 2 - Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)
We read in today's message, during the time of David's rule and after the death of Saul there was a famine which prolonged for a long period. David who had a very good relation with the Lord knew that this disaster was not natural and serious so he inquired of the Lord. The Lord did answer David that it was due to the injustice done by Saul unto the Gibeonites.
It was only after the Gibeonites had taken revenge by killing seven sons/ grandsons of Saul and David symbolically bought spiritual reconciliation by bringing the bones of Saul and those hanged by the Gibeonites together that God healed the land.
In today's date we see so many natural calamities and Churches pray to the Lord for relief. Sometimes their prayers are answered but many a time people tolerate these problems and forget about them once they pass. It is very rare of a person to inquire of the Lord as to why they happen.
As the Lord was teaching me He started revealing the disasters before hand and reasons as to why. Nothing just happens for our God is God and Almighty. Nothing can happen in all creation and also in the Heavens without His knowledge.
As sin increases we find nature turns violent and against man. Jesus did warn of these signs of earthquakes, epidemics, famines etc...
The Bible tells us in the last days things will be so bad that even the sun will not be visible and scientist tell us this is possible only when there is an nuclear war. This is confirmed with scriptures which state that a quarter of mankind will be killed around this time.
Today we cannot the way it was done during the time of David. We have Jesus Who is our eternal sacrifice so we can take refuge in His sacrifice with a repenting heart. My telling you this will not help you erase the problem but will help you pass through it.
Just today a sister send me link of a video showing a person rebuking a F4 tornado and how the tornado immediately disintegrates and after passing over his house / office and continues its havoc.
The sin of man has been piling up to the Heavens and man is going to see its fruits. But we Christians need to understand and taking refuge in the Name of Jesus can save ourselves from these disasters.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You have given us through the Bible many warning of the times we are in and that which is ahead of us. You also showed us ways by which we can save ourselves and our loved ones from these disasters. Lord, help us realize this natural world is the outcome of what we sow in the spiritual world. Help us take refuge in the Name of Jesus and give glory unto You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
2 Samuel 21:3-14
3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?
4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.
5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,
6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them.
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD'S oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.
8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:
9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.
10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.
12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:
13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.
14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
11 and there shall be great earthquakes, and in divers places famines and pestilences; and there shall be terrors and great signs from heaven.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 And not a hair of your head shall perish.
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