A few years ago, I read about two young men who were playing golf when a sudden rainstorm overtook them. Thunder and lightning ensued, and the young men began laughing, cursing, and running to shelter. One of them stopped and jokingly cursed God, shaking a fist toward the heavens. His friend warned him not to provoke the Almighty and left the young fool standing alone on the wet soil of the golf course. From a distance, the friend watched his buddy while he sheltered under a building overhang. A bolt of lightning struck the solitary figure standing in the open – killing him instantly.
Common sense tells us he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was “asking for it” literally. There is no way to know that God had anything to do with his demise. Nevertheless, we should never challenge the God of the universe with verbal taunts or wanton misbehavior toward Him – who is the giver of all life. As we can see in the following examples, God is no respecter of persons.
Noah’s ark is still thought by many to be true history, whether it’s Utnapishtim in the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh; the Sumerian story of Isidra; the Hindu Datapath Brahmana in which Vishnu warns the first man, Manu, of an impending flood and tells him to build a boat; the Greek myth of Timaeus; the North American Hopi myth of the Entrance into the Fourth World; or the Chinese myth of the Great Flood. It seems that wherever you look on the globe, there is some sort of written or oral tradition about a flood wiping out civilization. Noah’s ark is NOT just a myth. In fact, while perusing the internet, I stumbled once again onto a video published a few years ago that showed a group of scientists inspecting the inside of a structure on Mount Ararat.
Stumbling into an opening on the mountain, they inadvertently stepped into an open portion of the ark itself; the other half had broken off and slid down into a crevasse, it is presumed. In any case, the timbers of the structure were hand-hewn with mortise and tenon fastening some together. Hand-carved pegs were used elsewhere, and some of the solid planks were covered with pitch.
Having read the story in the Bible, it is assumed by this reader that Noah and his small crew of in-laws worked for a hundred years building this enormous seaworthy craft. Everything had to be just right. In the meantime, the surrounding populace laughed them to scorn. Noah would take occasion to preach and warn them of impending doom, asking them to repent, but they laughed all the more. Those of us that know the Bible story know what happened. Early civilization was wiped out completely, and the only remaining creatures were safely ensconced in the ark.
Then, of course, there is the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah, which has proven to be historically true. Ashes and sulfur balls the size of golf balls remain embedded in the soil. The fire from heaven was hot enough to turn rocks into powder and human beings to ashes.
God isn’t vengeful but forgiving and merciful even when mankind mocks Him and His commandments. But there comes a time when even His long-suffering comes to an end.
Being all-powerful, sometimes God intervenes in other ways. The plagues performed by the hand of Moses to provoke the deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian enslavement, for example.
The hard truth is that mankind will one day have to face the fact that they are only human and will one day die. But, like Nebuchadnezzar, they will read the handwriting on the wall, and their feeble knees will knock with fear. Still, God gave Nebuchadnezzar another chance to redeem himself (but only after making him eat grass like a cow for seven years).
There are just too many incidences of God’s intervention into the lives of men. You may have experienced something on a smaller scale. Nevertheless, when God fails to answer us immediately, we develop the illusion that He doesn’t exist.
Today, nothing has changed, and people still ask, “Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:4-6, KJV).
“I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir. Therefore, I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the LORD of hosts in the day of his fierce anger” (Isaiah 13:11-13).
Well, since God isn’t willing that any should perish, He sends us signs, wonders, and warnings (portents) in the skies. Today, one of the warnings in scripture is spoken of this way, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the son of man” (Matthew 24:37). People have once again become wicked. Do you see a parallel here? Present-day America is much like the earth’s inhabitants during Noah’s time – as well as Sodom and Gomorrah.
We have provoked God (our Creator) from day one by taking our existence and many blessings for granted. Now we must pay the piper with plagues and viruses, although attention to the so-called Covid virus is waning (after being milked for billions of dollars), and the remaining vaccines worth millions and millions of dollars had to be destroyed for having expired because many people have rejected the “jab.” On the other hand, on 3/10/2022 in NYC, the Omnicom virus is said to be raging. Many older citizens are sure to die. The Biden administration assures us that there are other variants waiting in the wings to make their deadly appearance. The next so-called virus variant is Deltacron, or is it BK.2.? (Burger King 2????)
Farmers in the Northern Cape, Western Cape, and Eastern Cape of Karoo (South Africa) are struggling to control the locust swarms that have damaged and consumed thousands of hectares of grazing land. According to Agri SA, this is one of the biggest locust swarms in years.
To say nothing of UFO sightings and earthquakes.