Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's All-Embracing Arms

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's All-Embracing Arms

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IN the midst of wreckage, fires, and floods, it's not surprising people can feel lost, forsaken, hurt, bewildered. Compared to the vivid images of the recent earthquake that crushed so much of the infrastructure of southern California, the kingdom of God may seem far off. But, through the teachings of the Bible we can learn of God's all-embracing arms and be comforted, even in the chaotic aftermath of such a disaster. When it seems that turmoil is all around, harmony and peace can be realized by understanding more clearly where the kingdom of God is. In the Bible, the book of Luke records Christ Jesus as saying, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you" (17:20, 21). God's kingdom, then, is found in a spiritual understanding of God and man. Instead of blaming God for disasters, we can confidently turn to Him for help. I Kings assures us that God isn't the source of disaster, pointing out: "A great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice" (19:11, 12). It is God's voice that leads us out of danger and helps us reconstruct our lives. I don't live in California, where the earthquake hit, although I did grow up there. I now live in what's called Tornado Alley. I've seen God's protection and guidance during so-called natural disasters. Recently we moved to an area that was unfamiliar to me. When strong winds and dark clouds came over our home, I didn't even think of the possibility of a tornado. I was on the telephone, talking with someone about how God was guiding each of His children. …
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