A Volcanic errupting has sadly inconvenienced many people’s flight plans this week and created chaos. It makes me wonder if we are approaching a time when we see the effects of people’s abuse of the world and their rejection of its maker?

What a day! Doomsday!  God’s Judgment Day has come. The Strong God has arrived. This is serious business. Food is just a memory at our tables, as are joy and singing from God’s Sanctuary. The seeds in the field are dead, barns deserted, Grain silos abandoned. Who needs them? The crops have failed!
The farm animals groan—oh, how they groan! The cattle mill around.
There’s nothing for them to eat. Not even the sheep find anything. Joel 1:15-18 (The Message)

In the West we have got so used to having everything instantly. When we want it, and we can afford it, almost anythin is at our finger tips. The prophet Joel highlights the day when all we have taken for granted is exhausted and even sustaining life is a daily challenge.

It isn’t pleasant to think about the consequences of our abuse of the world’s resources and it’s consequences. We have got so used to working everything out for ourselves, and patching up creation to continue to serve our needs that, such a doomsday scenario, is only seen in block buster movies with the next generation CGI. It is not a work of fiction to God though and he calls us to be conscious of the well-being of his world. He does not want us take the path of least resistance but to hold back the day when we can no longer delay the innevitable. The Bible tells us that God will step in at the very last moment but he will not do so gladly.

If we are spiritual people we will recognize that we are in a spiritual war that has a physical. Paul, one of Jesus’ apostles, says in his letter the the church in Rome, ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.’ Romans 1:15-18 (The NIV translation)

I want to glorify you today Lord, in the care I have for the world around me. I want my heart to be glad and full of the light of seeing your power and divine presence in creation and to worship you in how I live each day. Amen.