Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
As I contemplate this verse I think back over the past decade. What comes to mind is the Natural Disasters that have struck this world. I think of the devastating earthquakes that hit Haiti and New York and the 9.0 earthquake that took place off the coast of Japan which then caused a horrendous tsunami. Thousands upon thousands of lives were lost and billions of dollars of damage was done.
Those aren’t the only ones that come to mind. I also remember Hurricane Katrina and Ike and the recent Irene. All of these hurricanes caused massive flooding which in turn caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose their homes.
Tornadoes also make up the natural disasters that have taken place this past decade. They have caused massive damage as well. There are many other natural disasters which take place that somehow escape the news.
I love watching people being interviewed when these disasters take place and blame it on the “mother nature” and that she is angry with humanity. Well, in part they are right, but God controls the weather and He can create a massive storm in the middle of Texas right now where they haven’t seen rain in months.
Creation is waiting, just as the saint, for its redemption. The Book of Genesis records for us the story of how God created the world. (Gen. 1-2) Everything that God made was good, no flaws and no diseases. Chapter 3 gives us the story of the fall of man and the curse that was brought on man, woman, the serpent, and the earth.
Natural Disasters are occurring more frequently and with more devastating effects, the fact is they will become even more frequent and even more devastating until the day God destroys this world and creates a New Heaven and a New Earth. (Rev. 21:1)
So, how bad is it going to get? Think of the earthquake off the coast of Japan – then think possibly 3 of those types of earthquakes in a month or even a week. What would the earth look like after three of those types of earthquakes?