a letter written by david wilkerson, (minus the pleasantaries at the start and finish...)
One scientist said, "The whole world shook." Another said, "The worst natural disaster in the world's history." They were describing the underwater earthquake that devastated entire coasts in Asia. An island in the Indian Ocean moved nearly 100 feet. Tens of thousands are dead. The tragedy grows dimmer by the day.
When these great disasters strike, I always go to the Lord with one question: "Lord, what is this all about? Is there something you are trying to tell humankind? Was this simply an unexplainable accident of nature, or is there something God's people ought to know as to why it happened?
We all sorrow and mourn for the indescribable pain and misery endured by multitudes. We have prayed earnestly for those afflicted. Our ministry has sent thousands of dollars through Christian relief agencies. Our Heavenly Father is touched by the very feelings of the wounded. The Holy Spirit is pouring out comfort to all believers in the nations affected.
America is a giving nation and very compassionate. Thank God for the response of so many who are praying, giving and going to help. But something deep within my soul troubles me. The magnitude of the disaster is not sinking in. We seem to be numbed, stupefied by it all. Just today it was announced that the U.S. confidence level has increased. I thank God for good reports for the blessings. But if we cannot be brought to our knees – if we cannot humble ourselves before such unleashed power, after witnessing the worst natural disaster in world history, our entire globe Trembling – what will it take to silence the God-mockers? Are we now shock proof?
Think of the expulsion of God from our society in the name of political correctness...the whole world turning to secularism and materialism...a church growing more worldly than the world itself...more violence and apathy than in Noah's day...the Bible no longer being accepted as God's Word...a day "when everything that can be shaken is being shaken"...when power is unleashed that was one million times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima...when thinking men everywhere have an intuition that "somebody is tinkering with nature, something is happening that cannot be explained away"...when society moves on without a single "God pause," without even a thought that God will not be mocked. that is when i say we have come near or crossed over a line into a spiratual stupor that no amount of divine mercy can awaken.
God is merciful, gracious and ready to forgive. Christ died to save this lost world; he did not come to destroy, maim or pour out wrath. Out of the terror and pain of the passion of Christ, redemption came. May Christ demonstrate his love and compassion through his disciples, in this hour of mass destruction.