I have a friend who lives in Japan next to the prefecture of Sendai. As soon as I heard what had happened to the people of Japan he was on my mind. I was so relieved to hear from him on Facebook and although he and his family are alive things are very difficult right now. So many people are hurting and grieving and reeling from all the chaos that has befallen them.
As time goes by the body count will rise. It is something that all the survivors are trying not to think about right now. But as food and water supplies continue to dwindle and the days turn into weeks the Japanese people will be put to the greatest test yet... endurance.
My friend, Takamasa Maki, is in his late teens. I had met him at church here in the US. We had wonderful conversation about the Christian church in Japan. And he shared with me how the Christians were quite few in number, as a general rule.
I don't believe everything bad that happens to people or nations is directly associated with God's wrath but the tragedy atop tragedy atop tragedy that has hit Japan does make me believe it is possible in this case. Takamasa said with great sadness that there were few Christians in Japan because of the intense pull of materialism and entertainment. People in his culture simply had no need for God.
The terrible events that have happened in Japan are absolutely devastating. But I believe the Christians there now have a unique opportunity to witness and share their hope in Jesus as they never could before. It is my prayer that Japan not only receive all their physical needs but that the Christian church will see a revival.
If what is happening in Japan today is because of God acting I believe that he is still merciful. God never "loses it" with his anger or judgements. He always measures how much happens to the world and the people in it. Psalm 103 verses 9, 10, and 14 say:
" He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust."
Please keep the Japanese people in your prayers and, if you can, remember my friend Takamasa Maki. May the Lord be glorified through all this and may thousands come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.