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Dead Birds, Dead Fish…is there a meaning behind this?
So, if you haven’t seen the news…over the new years about 5,000 birds and 100,000 fish died in Arkansas. The birds appeared to have died from internal injuries from a blunt force trauma, and there is no news on the fish. The official explanation is that fireworks stunned the birds, and caused them to fall. The unofficial explanation can span any number of theories. Many are wondering if there are any biblical prophecies that would predict this. Some want to tie it into the end of the world. I however, think that is the wrong way to look at it.
*UPDATE** Here is a map of the mass animal death’s. There are now reports of hundreds of birds dead in Texas, thousands of fish dead in Florida, and 40,000 dead crabs in England.
Sure it is a little creepy that 5,000 birds fell from the sky. I was telling my aunt last night to imagine the shock of driving while that happened. I thought about what my reaction would be. I would probably just put the car into park, put the seat back and think….this is really happening. That being said, I don’t believe that this has anything to do with the end of the world. I could be wrong, because nobody knows, but there’s no biblical prophecy about it… I can tell you though that there is a lesson to be learned.
Probably what is the most shocking of this story is the suddenness that all of this has happened. Thousands of birds dead for no apparent reason… Hundreds of thousands of fish dead… How many times have we thought about something like this? One moment these birds are roosting…the next dead. One minute these fish are swimming, the next dead.
All life operates in this manner… including yours.
Take Luke 12:19-21. In this passage Christ is teaching on the parable of the Rich Fool. Here a Rich man had acquired all kinds of wealth. So much that he ran out of room to store it. He finally came to the conclusion that he needed to tear down a couple of buildings and build bigger ones where he could store more wealth. Look at God’s response “‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (Luke 12:20).
Also look at James 4:13-15: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
So what does all of this mean? You have no idea what will happen tomorrow. One moment you could be driving to work, the next dead. Nothing brings God’s Word close to home better than reality.
The point of Luke 12 and James 4 is not to say “live for today” or “Just Do It”. To the contrary, Luke 12:20-21 provides you the key to all of this: “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Get rich with God today…. Not with just your money, but with you whole life. Commit your life to Christ – Live for Him. It is the only way that you can be rich with God. Tomorrow may never come.
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