“In those days, following that distress, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken”.
Mk 13:24, 25 NIV
Sometimes times are so bad, and terrible things happen, world leaders seem to be hell-bent on causing trouble, everything in fact, seems to be “out of kilter”. Then we start thinking things like “the universe seems to be shaking on its foundations”. We look for metaphors, expressions or phrases that will highlight the extraordinary nature of the deep, dark things we cannot understand, but which strike fear into our hearts.
Jesus was sure that God the Father would intervene but that all nature would be convulsed before the new coming of the Messiah. And he quoted a verse from the prophet Isaiah that spoke of nature itself being in a turmoil. Isaiah’s expression (Isa 13:10) as well as Christ’s repeating of it are probably the equivalent of our phrase “All hell was let loose”. There are times when, not only do the humans in this world go berserk, but nature itself seems to be shaking off its hinges.
The fact is, of course that we cannot read future history from these expressions of dire trouble or tribulation. Many have tried to, of course. But the attitude of faith is: “However disastrous the events that are happening may be; however panicky some people may be getting; however insoluble the problems are; and however close to the fulfilment of some ancient prophecies contemporary events might appear to be, we will trust the God of all the earth through it all. He has brought the human race to the present day through umpteen crises. He will again”.
Lord, in all the turmoil, grant us your peace.