By the early 1800’s Western Europe hadn’t experienced plague for 100 plus years, smallpox retreated before Jenner’s inoculation and Yellow Fever paid only periodic visits. Though other less-developed societies still knew the harshness of pestilence, they lacked the living standards of Western Europe.
Then, out of a clear blue sky thunder claps of cholera deafened the West. Convinced of their conquest of pestilence, the outbreak stunned the ruling classes, the medical field, the economists and the politicians. The “new prosperity” they envisioned on the horizon shrank below it, under the haze of an epidemic that carried off at least 50 million people. Armies of Pestilence, 162
How like humanity’s fate in every age, including ours. Just when it seems we have gained control, catastrophe wrenches it from us. Just when we begin to emerge from an economic collapse occasioned by human greed, world events shatter the recovery into economic depression. Just when our Space Ships carry payloads into space without difficulty and space travel seems safe as our freeways, a Space Ship shatters on impact with the earth’s gravity.
Calamity visits; cataclysms hound; unseen forces wreak damage we didn’t see coming. It’s all enough to get our attention; it’s never enough to elicit our repentance. It’s enough to scare us; but never enough to terrify us before God. It gives us pause; but never long enough to let Bible truth educate us.