By Peter Mucher, Founder of Beacon World Missions
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” –Luke 4:5
“The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” –Nahum 1:3
Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, was led into the wilderness where He was tempted by the Devil for 40 days and during those days He did not eat. Satan did his best to tempt Jesus to no avail. The text says that the Devil acted in a “moment of time”. Satan is quick and will attack any one. If he tried to spin his magic on Jesus, he will have no reservations on going after you.
Each day we pick up the newspaper, or tune our Television to a news channel, or click on our I-pad, Smart phone, or Computer where we can review the news in a 100 places at the click of a mouse or TV remote. We have instant news reports streaming into our home, or office. Without a doubt tragedy can strike in a moment of time.
All of us remember the 2004 series of deadly Tsunamis triggered when devastating earthquakes struck Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Reports over 300,000 killed or lost in Indonesia alone. A cyclone hit Burma killing another 138,000 in May, 2008. However, the deadliest tragedy hit China in the 1931 floods killing up to four million people and the 1976 earthquake that hit Tang Shan, China, killing another 700,000.
More recently a deadly series of tornadoes hit Alabama and Georgia in a sudden event that caused widespread destruction, lots of collateral damage and loss of life. Whether it is from an earthquake, cyclone, flooding, volcanic eruption, landslides, hurricanes, etc., these natural disasters strike with little warning cause catastrophic damage and untold numbers in loss of life.
As a missionary, my wife and I are away from our home in Trenton, Georgia, a good many days out of the year. We were away in April, 2011, when an awful tornado ripped through our community and utterly destroyed our home and office. (That was, I believe, the same series of Tornadoes that swept through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing and destroying leaving many injured.) Thankfully, none of our family was home. But in a moment of time almost all of our worldly goods were gone! Some of our neighbors were hit harder than us and few lost their life and many suffered injuries.
I don’t have to convince you that great tragedy can sweep across your life and destroy all you own, kill your loved ones and leave you devastated and in too many cases, broke. We see and hear of these tragic events all too often. But I wish to speak to you about a far worse storm that can hit you, personally, and attack your home and your loved ones.