A Titanic Thank You
We’ve been learning over the weekend 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Today marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, through which 1,514 men, women and children lost their lives in the icy waters of the Atlantic.
The verse above says to give thanks “in every thing”… does it apply even on days like today?
How do we give thanks in hard times? In very hard times? In national tragedy times?
Ultimately, it depends on how much we trust God and His sovereignty.
He is fully in control – nothing comes to us that He doesn’t either allow or send, and if we’re born again, we have the assurance of knowing that “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” [Romans 8:28]
In our limited human understanding, we question if disasters such as the sinking of the Titanic can still work together for our good.
Yes. Ultimately, such disasters remind us of what is still to come.
This life on earth is but a shadow, a whisper. James 4:14 says “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
If we’re born again, we know that:
- one day all our tears will be wiped away
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” [ Revelation 21:4]
- justice will be served when the King of Kings returns to set things aright
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” [2 Corinthians 5:10]
Should this not cause a cry of unspeakable gratitude to burst forth from within us, rendering us unable to do anything but give thanks to the One who has saved our souls? “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” [2 Corinthians 9:15]
We live in a fallen world. Sin is everywhere, so hard times will come, things will decay, die and fall in destruction, but one day none of that will matter anymore, as we stand before the Lamb and declare with a loud voice,“…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” [Revelation 5:12]
If you’ve been born again, allow this reminder of the brevity of life to compel you to share your faith with others, so that they too can be saved on that last day.
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
If you haven’t been born again, please click here to find out more about who Jesus is and the justice He will serve on that last day.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
[2 Peter 3:9]