“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
The world is a fearful place for those who don’t fear, love or trust the Lord. Such a world is filled with demons of our own creation. Those demons might inhabit a jungle bush or the sky above a skyscraper. They are found in cultures that cook with campfires and those that cook with microwaves. Wherever these demons are found, they demand man’s fear and must be appeased.
Who remembers over twenty years ago when scientists feared that the Earth was entering a new ice age? It was not long after this fear was proven to be unfounded that they began to see a new demon – global warming. While some insist that global warming is well underway, most admit that presently there is no evidence the Earth is warming. They warn, though, that it could start at any minute, and it will be caused by man’s pollution.
However, a relatively recently study shows a strong relationship between the sun’s energy output and land temperatures. Both have been recorded since the late nineteenth century, but they have never before been compared with each other. Of course, if the sun’s natural variability is the cause of temperature variations, there is little we can do about it.
It is folly to think that man is so powerful he can change the world’s climate. But the Bible’s wisdom tells us that there is a Creator Who controls all things, and it tells us how He has loved us. It also tells us that this Earth will be inhabited when He returns to it.
Dear Father in heaven, I commend into Your loving hands all of my fears that have been generated within me by the terrified world around me. Let me, comforted by Your love, be a witness of hope in You to those around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Global Warming: Checking out the Sun.” Science News, Vol. 140, p. 380. Photo: Air pollution in New York City.