It will soon be another story of a disaster come and gone, lost amidst the coverage of the election, stories on soaring gas prices and reports on the housing crisis. Over the weekend, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was hit by a cyclone that has, as of this time, killed 4000 people and left almost as many missing. The latest reports estimate that as many as 10,000 may have died.
The pictures are eerily similar to so many other natural disasters, some which occurred in our country no less than a week ago. They show homes destroyed, trees uprooted, lives overturned.
Lost in all of the suffering in Myanmar is a sobering truth…souls died without Christ. Myanmar is primarily Buddhist (nearly 90%) and at best has only 2% of the population that are Christian. If we do the math, it means that only 200 of the estimated 10,000 people who died were likely to have died with Jesus as their Lord and Savior, leaving 9800 people that died now spending eternity apart from God forever. Does this reality move us? Does it lead us to shed a tear? Do we even give it a second thought? God loves the people who died in Myanmar every bit as much as He loves us and He is grieving that they are separated from Him for eternity.
Perhaps it is the constant birage of news that overwhelms us. or the exposure to tragedy and death on TV shows that numbs us, but it seems that more people are upset, saddened and outraged that a race horse died at the Kentucky Derby than 10,000 people who were created in the image of the living God.
"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; And they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever, Amen." (Revelation 7:9-12, NASB)
It is God’s desire that people from every nation, including the precious people of Myanmar, worship around His throne for eternity. Yet so many around the world are lost in darkness without Christ. Lord, make our prayer:
"Set my soul afire Lord, for Thy Holy Word, Burn it deep within me, let Thy voice be heard
Millions grope in darkness in this day and hour, I will be a witness,
fill me with Thy pow’r
Set my soul afire Lord, set my soul afire.
Make my life a witness of Thy saving pow’r. Millions grope in darkness, waiting for Thy Word.
Set my soul afire, Lord, set my soul afire!"
Does anything really move us these days?