Then God sends a world-wide earthquake.
Imagine New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Dubai, Jerusalem, Rome, London, and every other city on the earth lying in waste. Imagine Hawaii disappearing under the ocean waters and Denver, Colorado ceasing to be the mile high city because the rocky mountains are a spread out pile of rubble.
Imagine seeing 100 pound hailstone falling from the skies and absolutely crushing buildings, cars, and people.
Now imagine a world of people...those who have survived this global disaster...cursing God. They are not calling this a "natural" disaster. They know exactly who is responsible. They believe that God exists. They believe that God is bringing this judgment on the world. They refuse to repent. They respond with cursing.
1. Unrighteous people do and will suppress the truth in their unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). Please do not be discouraged when people reject the Gospel. That is what people are prone to do! Don't let it stop you. Pray that God will do a work in their heart as you share to remove their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh so they will gladly receive the truth.
2. Rejoice in what God has done in your life. Praise Him for his mercy and grace which you have received.
3. Remember that God is just and whatever discipline comes our way is right and good. We need to stay under the load and be trained by it (Hebrews 12:11).
And...praise God that this judgment we read today is covered for us by the blood of Jesus!