Psalm 91:5 6
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
While on business in Honolulu, Hawaii, not long ago, I caught a cab from my downtown hotel and was taken to Pearl Harbor. There on December 7, 1941, a Sunday morning by the way ( 8 o’clock ), the Japanese Air Force pulled a surprise and very successful attack on our U.S. Navy. If you have ever visited this site, which I passionately suggest, you are aware of the exposure and vulnerability of our ships there that morning. You are perhaps also aware that about eight months earlier, two senior officers, one Army and the other Navy, drew attention to the possible danger to which the base was exposed from a carrier-borne aircraft attack. The warning, for some reason still not fully understood, was disregarded.
Japanese Vice-Admiral Nagumo was given a task force of 321 planes, two fast battleships, three cruisers, nine destroyers, three submarines and eight tankers to refuel his ships at sea. On that fateful morning, the U.S. had 70 warships and 24 auxiliaries in the harbor. No one apparently suspected what awaited them. Pearl Harbor was still asleep in the morning mist. It was calm and serene inside the harbor. In fact, vital U.S. naval vessels of the Pacific Fleet were strung out and anchored, two ships side by side, in an orderly manner. The initial Japanese concentration was on the seven U.S. battleships moored alongside Ford Island. Within 2 hours, most of our ships were sunk or severely damaged and about 2400 of our valiant men had died. Why did U.S. leaders neglect the warning of the previous months? Who was asleep at the switch? All these decades later, we still have no satisfactory answers.
But then how many times have you heard about eternity? How many times have you been told of the coming of Christ and the judgment to follow? I can only pray that you are prepared spiritually for that which is to come. Otherwise you are in for a spiritual Pearl Harbor of a dimension you can’t even begin to imagine.
Prayer: O God, may we not neglect our souls in these days before Your Son returns.
May we learn spiritual lessons about adequate preparation from historic tragedies. May we hear the prodding in our souls from Your Holy Spirit today. Amen.