The morning of May 18, 1980, started off like any other for Harry Truman, the 83-year-old owner of the Mount St. Helens Lodge. Truman had lived near the mountain for over 50 years, and he refused to leave his home despite increasing signs of volcanic activity in the weeks leading up to the eruption.
As he sat in his cabin enjoying his morning coffee, Truman noticed that the mountain was emitting an unusual amount of steam and ash. He shrugged it off, confident that the mountain was simply blowing off some steam, and went about his day as usual.
But what Truman didn’t realize was that the mountain was about to unleash a devastating eruption that would change his life forever.
At 8:32 a.m., a massive earthquake triggered a landslide on the north face of the mountain, causing a massive explosion that sent a towering cloud of ash, gas, and rock hurtling into the air at speeds of over 300 miles per hour. The blast was so powerful that it flattened forests, melted glaciers, and created a shockwave that was felt over 200 miles away.
Mount St. Helens was not thought to be completely dormant before its 1980 eruption, but its activity had been relatively quiet for several decades, leading many to believe that it was in a period of dormancy.
The mountain is part of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, and it had experienced several periods of volcanic activity over the past several thousand years. In the decades leading up to the 1980 eruption, the volcano had been relatively quiet, with no significant eruptions since the 1850s. However, there were signs of increasing activity in the years leading up to the eruption, including a series of small earthquakes and steam venting from the mountain.
Despite these warning signs, the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was a surprise to many. Truman himself was still in his cabin when the blast hit, and he was killed instantly along with over 50 others in the surrounding area.
The eruption of Mount St. Helens was one of the most destructive volcanic events in modern times, causing widespread devastation and leaving a lasting impact on the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Today, the story of Harry Truman and his refusal to leave his home in the face of danger serves as a cautionary tale about the unpredictability of natural disasters, and the importance of being prepared and listening to warnings from experts.
Like Mount St. Helens, you and I have danger lying deep within us.
In fact, until our spirits are released from our earthly bodies, all people who have placed their faith in Christ still have an old, sinful nature within them.
By the grace of God, this sin nature has been defeated and ought to lie dormant until it is completely removed (also by the grace of God).
But until that day when we receive our perfect, eternal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54), we will have an ongoing battle with our old desires, thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
Just as Mount St. Helens was revived on that fateful spring morning in 1980, our sinful natures can be revived at any moment.
Satan loves this. He revels in it.
Yes, he has already lost our souls to God in his crushing defeat at the cross and the empty tomb, but he still wants to take as much glory away from God as possible.
Right now Satan is the quarterback with one minute left in a football game that he is losing by 10 touchdowns, but he’s playing for pride. He always has.
In his mind, taking a knee is not an option.
Satan is the adversary of God and seeks to destroy and harm believers. The Bible teaches that Satan is a liar and a deceiver who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Therefore, Satan delights in Christians experiencing a revival of sin in their lives.
When Christians allow sin to reign in their lives, they are not living in accordance with God’s will and are more vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. Sin can create division and confusion among believers as well as damage God’s reputation and hinder our ability to be effective witnesses for Christ.
Continual sin also has negative effects on our physical and emotional health and our overall well-being. Sin can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and hopelessness, hindering our spiritual growth.
Satan wants believers to think that their sin is not a big deal and that they can continue to indulge in it without consequences. However, the Bible teaches that sin leads to death and that believers are called to live a holy and righteous life (Romans 6:23, 1 Peter 1:15-16).
Of course, it is important to note that experiencing a revival of sin does not mean that someone has lost their salvation. The Bible teaches that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9) and that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). Christians who struggle with sin can confess their sins to God, receive forgiveness, and continue to grow in their relationship with Him (1 John 1:5-10).
Therefore, it is important for us to be alert to our sinful nature and to resist temptation by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit and by seeking support from other believers. Christians can overcome sin by standing firm in their faith, submitting to God, and relying on His grace and forgiveness.
Ultimately, we can return to our sin and love ourselves or the world more than God when we lose sight of the truth of the gospel and fail to trust in God’s love and grace.
It is important for us to continually submit to God, seek His guidance and strength, and remain focused on His purposes for our lives.
Satan loves to see a revival of sin. Do not allow it to destroy you just as Mount St. Helens took the lives of so many unsuspecting people when it experienced a revival.