We’ve all been hearing about the earthquake and the aftershocks that hit Japan last week. The massive damage to the country physically is just astounding. The death toll continues to rise, and it’s still a very dangerous time for these people as they are facing buildings still collapsing around them, food shortages threatening their lives as they try to survive, and a waiting line to get medical care for the wounded. And on top of that, their nuclear reactors are still not stabilized, and the government is struggling to bring them back within the safe zones.
Can you imagine what it is like for these people to live – to merely survive – in these conditions? Who do they have to turn to? Who will help them survive? Who will meet their needs? I imagined at one point what I would do with my family if we were put in that situation. The reality scared me to tears.
Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Jesus put it all into perspective with these short verses. We are to have our focus on God, love Him with every part of our created beings. We are then to love our neighbor just as we would love ourselves. By keeping these two commandments at the forefront of our lives, we keep our lives in perspective.
We are not to judge why this happened. We are human and will never understand the ways of the Lord. He’s already established that in Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We will never be able to understand the mind of God, so let’s move past the why and begin to focus on the how.
In every tragedy, there is a ministry. We need to see people for who Jesus sees them as. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serve the least of these, and bring hope, healing, and Jesus to this world. Are you focused on loving God and loving your neighbor? Are you focused on the call of Christ?