For days, continued strong winds and heavy rains have hit Sri Lanka’s central and southern regions, including Hambantota and Matara. The floods and landslides following torrential rains have killed 212 people with 79 others missing, and over 700,000 people have been affected by the weather calamity, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said in its latest report issued at 6 P.M. Sunday. Highways and railway lines in the south of the country remain inundated because of flooding and landslides. The Foreign Ministry said that an appeal had been made to the United Nations and neighboring countries to provide help on May 26.
Reading the news, I felt once again that currently the disasters are threatening our lives. When a disaster befalls us, we appear so weak and powerless and are filled with terror and helplessness. With no alternative, we can only seek help from neighboring countries and international rescue organizations. As the saying goes, “When disaster strikes, help comes from all sides.” Other countries may help the disaster-hit countries to live up to their humanitarian responsibilities and obligations. But how much can they help since disasters are now frequently happening around the world? Today Sri Lanka needs assistance because of floods and mudslides, tomorrow the war refugees elsewhere may appeal for help, and the day after tomorrow another place will probably be stricken by some disaster…. Those who help today will perhaps be helped tomorrow. What’s more, all that man can provide is material assistance. Yet who can save our lives in disaster? Who can help and save us truly in a life-or-death situation?
The Bible records: When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Pharaoh pursued them with his army while the Red Sea blocked their progress. At this threatening moment, Moses didn’t turn to any man for help but earnestly prayed to Jehovah God. His true faith won God’s mercy and help. God divided the Red Sea and saved the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army. When Joshua led the people of Israel to Jericho, the city surrounded by a high wall closed its gates and thus they were unable to pass through it to get to the land of Canaan promised by God. Faced with the difficulty, Joshua didn’t seek help from any man but prayed to Jehovah God and depended on Him. Then God instructed the Israelites to walk around the city for seven days. On the seventh day, the wall of the city crumbled as the Israelites shouted with a great shout. As such, Joshua conquered Jericho without losing a soldier. The three friends of Daniel in the blazing furnace and Daniel in the hungry lion’s den—who helped them escape calamity? Is it themselves? Or the king Nebuchadnezzar? Or the king Darius? None. It is God who saved them! The facts above prove that only God can save us and that we can only depend on Him. As it says in : “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Psalm 18:2). “O Israel, trust you in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. You that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield” (Psalm 115:9-11).
In recent years, there are more and more disasters all over the world with increasing devastation, wars, floods, droughts, earthquakes, mudslides and so on, constantly threatening our lives. says: “Without My existence, mankind can only perish and suffer the invasion of plagues. None will ever again see the beauteous sun and moon or the green world; mankind shall encounter only the frigid night and the inexorable valley of the shadow of death. I am mankind’s only salvation. I am mankind’s only hope and even more, I am He on whom the existence of all mankind rests. Without Me, mankind will immediately become stagnant. Without Me, mankind will suffer catastrophe and be trod upon by all manner of ghosts…. The disaster is brought down by Me and of course orchestrated by Me. If you cannot work for good in My presence, then you will not escape suffering the disaster.” From God’s words we can see that the frequent disasters today are God’s repeated warnings to us man. If we can awaken in these warnings and seek God’s help and guidance, then God will be there to truly help and support us in disaster. Only God can keep us from the devastation of various disasters. And we can only receive God’s care and protection when we come before God, confess and repent to Him, and seek His help.