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How in the World Are We Going to Stop This Oil Spill

How in the World Are We Going to Stop This Oil Spill?

written by on the topic of Articles by Pastor Trieber on August, 2010

In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Psalm 95:4-6

Man, “professing themselves to be wise,” has become foolish (Romans 1:22). With his environmental and animal rights agenda firmly clasped in hand, he has effectuated change that satisfies not only his staunchest of liberal supporters but also his vainglorious self, with flighty regard to the repercussions. Drilling off the coast in deep waters for oil would have undoubtedly required careful consideration, surely transcending special interest in favor of common sense. Nonetheless, rather than drilling at 300 feet to reach the same amount of oil, man drilled at deeper levels to pacify environmentalists onshore. However, by drilling deeper, the probability of remedying any problems became alarmingly less, with perfunctory instruments standing in for thinking human beings. Who would build something that cannot be serviced—only someone who perceived he was wise yet became a fool. Over 100 days later, our country still suffers the consequences. Even more so disturbing is that this oil spill will potentially be followed by further dilemmas in the future. How can we prepare ourselves for situations like this in the days to follow?

  1. We must acknowledge that the “deep places of the earth” are in the hand of the Lord (Psalm 95:4).
  2. We must “worship and bow down… kneel” before the Lord God our Maker (Psalm 95:6). I have not heard one politician or, for that matter, many of God’s people encourage others to call out to the Lord. It seems as if puny man is still trying to figure out solutions on his own but to no avail. Certainly, we ought to turn our eyes to God.
  3. We must confess the “Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods” (Psalm 95:3). Muhammad is not like Him, Allah is not like Him, and Confucius is not like Him. In fact, they are imposters. “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.” (Isaiah 45:5)
  4. We must recognize that the Lord “is our God” (Psalm 95:7).
  5. We must heed His voice. “To day if ye will hear his voice…” (Psalm 95:7).
  6. Our hearts must become soft before Him. Psalm 95:8 admonishes us to “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation…”

It seems as if the attention of mankind is looking downward when we should be looking upward to the One Who has the solution. Yes, we are faced with a problem in the ocean’s murky depths; yet we will not find an answer there. Let us turn to the Lord. May this happen not only with politicians, oil companies, and business owners but also, above all, with God’s people.

About the Author

Pastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March 1976. He is also the Chancellor of Golden State Baptist College. His latest book is Words to Live By.

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