The power went out unexpectedly at the radio station that I listen to while I was driving home. With clear skies, I wondered what could possibly have knocked out the power. Ironically, when the host came back on he said something to the effect of every time the power goes out he thinks maybe an enemy country has launched an EMP attack (electromagnetic pulse attack) on America.
An EMP would literally change almost every aspect of our lives. No more electricity, non-working ATMs, no more internet, cell phone inoperable, no vehicles working…chaos.
There is global technology that could make it happen. Our enemies could use this as a weapon. We may or may not be ready for the impacts of an EMP event. While some think it’s a conspiracy theory, the reality is that based upon our technological advancements, an EMP attack is a possibility.
The knowledge that there are those in the world with this technology at the exact same time that there are others who disbelieve this is a possibility, makes me think about those nay-sayers during Noah’s time.
Starting in Genesis chapter 5 though chapter 10, we see Noah following the guidance from God to build a ginormous ark. The story unfolds with Noah and his family getting animals onto the ark, as well as the time on the ark during the unrelenting rain and subsequent global flooding.
Here’s a beautiful story of the faithfulness of Noah. Yet while Noah was committed to the directions from God, there were countless doubters, troublemakers and nay-sayers. They showed up day after day, in disbelief of the prophecy, causing issues for Noah and his family.
By no means am I comparing the anger of God to flood the earth with a potential enemy EMP attack. Nor am I comparing the faithfulness of Noah with those who might believe in an EMPs possibility. However, I am interested in how there are people in both scenarios who are in doubt and create chaos for others.
In both scenarios, the doubters have an opportunity to prepare for the coming chaos. One could say that preparation could come in the form of your own boat building…or having a collection of extra canned goods.
The reality is that the preparations in both instances should be focused on knowing God. When we know Christ as our Savior, when we are prayerful, when we study the Word, and when we assist others in their walk with Christ…that is when the preparations are meaningful and impactful.
It doesn’t have to be a global flood or an EMP that upends a life. It could be a loss in revenue, a new bill, a divorce, a death, or countless other things. The preparation for every single event of chaos includes a stronger relationship with Christ.
When the power went out, the local radio host was joking about an EMP, but it’s a reminder of just how quickly everything could change for society. How prepared are we when it comes to our faithfulness to God’s direction?
“Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Psalms 119:90