There is war and rumor of war. An earthquake in Colorado, another on the east coast cracking the Washington Monument. Today another in the middle east. Hurricane Irene heads toward the Carolinas and points north. None can stop the destruction that nature can cause.
We build giant skyscrapers. We fell the ancient forests. We mine the oceans floor and remove the minerals from the earth. We think we are conquerors and perhaps the might of men may inflict damage upon the flora and fauna. weaker nations may cower before stronger ones. But history tells us that nations rise and fall and given enough time, nature will heal herself (unless we discover some way to destroy all of humanity). Only God is eternal. Only God exists beyond the limits of time.
Jeremiah 10:10-13, "But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath. Tell them this: These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens. But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Men may conquer for the moment, but God reigns forever. Jeremiah warns the rulers of his time of the coming judgment that God is bringing to bear on Judah. He warns us as well that we should not but our trust in the things that mortals make, but lean on the strong arm of God; trust in his mercy and seek his favor.