The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

A major quake, 7.6 magnitude hit the Philippines on 31 August. The center was located off shore, 91 miles off the town of Guiuan, Samar.

Residents along the seashore were told to evacuate to higher places to heed tsunami warning that authorities issued. Three hours later, they returned to their homes, quite relieved that the earthquake, though strong, did not result into big waves. It could have been another major disaster.

In New Zealand, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has shaken the lower North Island on 1 September around 2:40 PM. The quake was centred 20km northwest of Rotorua according to news report.

With all these earthquakes, typhoons, floods and other natural disasters happening now and before around the globe, soothsayers and doomsday watchers are probably reckoning with the question “Is the world coming to an end?”

There are some who are dead serious in saying that the world will end when the Mayan calendar cycle ends on 21 December 2012. Well, who really knows?

So, I was with a group of Filipinos and we were talking about the recent earthquake in the Philippines and I was ask, “Pastor, is the world coming to an end?”

I honestly said that I don’t know. I shared that I take comfort in believing that I am living under the mercy and grace of God.

Each day as I wake up and draw my first breath and I am conscious that the Lord God Almighty and Merciful has given me another day to live, I just give thanks and pray.

For who really knows what would happen to your life today except the All-Knowing God.

I was thinking even if I spend time reading and studying articles and interpretations of the so-called “signs of times” or “end-times” or I try to come up with the most probably date when the world would end I still won’t know what would happen to me between today and that supposed “end of the world” date.

The author of Lamentations, after narrating all afflictions and expressing grief for what befell Jerusalem and her people, spoke his declaration of hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Instead of being worried about calamities and wondering when the world would end, why don’t we take time to enjoy life receiving the new mercies He gives every morning.

You are not sure and you’re afraid what would happen to your life when time of calamity comes?

The jailer of Paul and Silas, realizing that no prisoners escaped after an earthquake rocked the prison doors and chains, asked the two apostles: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.

Great is Your faithfulness!