Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Was God in the Midst of the Titanic Disaster?
God is in the midst of everything, even the greatest maritime disaster in history. John Harper a Presbyterian minister, preached God's word and led many to Christ just as the ship started to list greatly. One man came to God after hearing Harper witness to him in the water. Father Thomas Byles led many to Christ on the Poop Deck, hearing confessions and helping to pray with them. God preserved the life of Archibald Gracie, and even caused the Holy Spirit to move Mrs. Gracie to pray for her husband knowing that he was in some sort of danger. He who made and controls the wind and the waves, caused the sea to become as calm as a mill-pond which turned out to be a blessing, due to the overloaded, swamped, and overturned lifeboats. You can see that He was merciful to 705 souls, allowing them to live a little bit longer before joining Him or being separated from Him for eternity. The approximately 1,500 souls that died on the Titanic acted on His will and plan. Although I don't understand why He would allow the people He loved to die a horrible death, I do know that all happens for God's glory. In fact, this disaster caused man to look upon how arrogant they were in even saying that God could not sink this ship, and to see that not everything is unsinkable, nor indestructible. God who controls the wind, waves, and all that happens in it, caused the iceberg to be in that path and actually sank it and carried with her, many of the richest, and most prominent people of Europe and America. Today, man doesn't challenge God by saying that even He can't sink or destroy anything. The merely try and make it things the best that they can, and even man's best creations usually have glitches. The Titanic Disaster has allowed man to try and prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.