A Giant Shark Just Ate My Friend. Now What?!

A shark eating a smaller shark eating a scuba diver. Image via https://tropicana.net

Move over Spielburg. There’s a new shark in town! The Meg introduces a prehistoric monster shark released from the frozen bowels of Earth.  How could this happen you ask?  A trillionaire computer tycoon builds a futuristic research center to study ocean life (Why not?  It’s a tremendous waste of money and has no hope of future returns.) and WHOOPS! a submarine stabs open a hole in the deep ocean sub-floor, paving a highway for enormous shark travel.  Make sense now?   Of course not.  Moving on. Now a shark the size of the Empire State Building is free to gobble up anything is pleases.  This includes a few of the beloved research crew.  Survivors are compelled to find answers.  The wisdom bestowed on us…”Sometimes things just happen…”  Hmm – should we accept this advice?

The Lord is Sovereign

When tragedy strikes it’s easy to dismiss life as a cosmic coincidence.  Things just happen and you die.  Hopefully along the way you enjoy yourself.  While this view is popular today, it neglects the truth about God’s character.

Psalm 147:5 (NIV)

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

God is powerful and knows what’s going on; He’s sovereign. This truth doesn’t erase the painful results of living in a fallen world, but it gives us a refuge to run to. 

Psalm 62:8 (NIV)

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

The Resurrection

It’s easy to focus on death because it looks like the end.  For followers of Christ, death is not the end.  When the Lord is our refuge we have a great hope that even death cannot snuff out – the Resurrection!

1 Corinthians 15:56-57 (NLT)

For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.  But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

If We Don’t Trust God What’s Left?

Revenge

The crew does not trust God, but rather seeks revenge against the megaladon.  The problem, other than being completely ill-equipped, is that revenge doesn’t belong to us.  

Romans 12:17-19 (ESV)

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Most of us will never face a humongous shark.  We will, however, encounter people that tick us off and we will lose loved ones.  Revenge doesn’t belong to us and revenge won’t remove our hurt.  God is our refuge and hope.  Turn to Him.

Psalm 13:5 (NLT)

But I trust in your unfailing love.  I will rejoice because you have rescued me.