Another 55 years of political history and discovery of potential seabed manganese minerals, widely spread and scattered not beneath, but above our seabed ocean floor, writes Bishop Tutai Pere. IDW/20111901
The global economic standards are at the mercy of this viral demonic pandemic but the God we believe and worship is always in the business of Restoration, Reconciliation, Redemption and Restitution.
“These are the journeys of the children of Israel, who went
out of the land of Egypt by their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
Numbers 33:1. Before Israel could enter into the Promised Land, 12 spies were
sent into the land to determine the strength of the enemy and to determine the
wealth of the land. Ten spies returned with negative reports, saying that the
people in the new land were like giants, too tall and strong for Israel to
fight, they were like tiny and little grasshoppers in their sight.
At first sight they were defeated by their fear of the size
of their enemy than on the size and greatness of their God. Due to the
consequence of their unbelief and fear, God’s people, the Children of Israel,
ended up wandering in the wilderness for 40 long and dreadful years. All of the
old and the over 20 years old died and perished in that circling wandering
Only two spies namely Joshua and Caleb returned with a more
positive report – because they focused on God’s power and His promises of
victory, conquest and prosperity than fear and defeat. They insisted and
maintained that they could easily match the strength of their enemies as they
pursued even further, rather than returning with empty hands. They brought back
visible evidence of the fruits from the newly discovered promised land, bundled
and hanging down on a stick as they carried, to show huge bunches of grapes and
all kinds of fruits of the land. They kept insisting and persisting that Israel
has every strength and power and with their God on their side to defeat,
overcome and conquer their enemies and able to reap a bumper harvest and great
prosperity in the new land. They proved so by bringing down the Great Wall of
Jericho only by marching around seven times in seven days; and once they called
upon the name of their Almighty God of the Bible, maker of the heavens and the
earth and all that is within, the wall came tumbling down and all their enemies
within perished. They, in the end prevailed against their enemies and settled
in the new land, described as ‘a land flowing with milk and honey’.
This lesson is encouraging us all, the people of the Cook
Islands, that when we are faced with challenges, learn a lesson from Joshua and
Caleb and respond in faith and not rely only on our human intellect, abilities
and strength. Focus positively on God’s power and His promises rather than
negatively on the problems and challenges at hand. Sure, and yes, the enemy is
powerful, but God is all powerful.
Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce chairman Melvin Fletcher
for the awesome privilege he gave me to share this message at the official
opening of their new Chamber of Commerce head office on Tutakimoa road. I also
included a footnote reminder to all present to beware of the unbelief of
others, which can be contagious, just like the 10 coward and fearful spies of
Israel that took the majority of the population to perish in the 40 years of
endless and purposeless wilderness wandering.
Similarly, our nation and people of only a mere and tiny
16,000 resident population, compared to an over 80,000 – 100,000 living in the
dispersion or diaspora locked both within and without by this demonic and
spiritual Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic that no vaccine is yet ready to totally
eliminate nor control. On Sunday November 8, we as a nation gathered to pray
against both the continuous spread of this Covid virus and also against any
diverse weather throughout our five month cyclone season.
Is it any wonder or marvel why the worship of the economic
‘god of mammon’ is becoming the prioritised global greater concern than
patience for just a little while yet, to continue observing strict quarantine
and lockdown precautionary measures in order to avoid and control the more
rapid and re-incurring humanly spread infection of the virus with greater value
and priority on saving more human lives. We feel blessed so much about our
Marae Moana EEZ fishing potential and prosperity yet without a single national
fishing fleet, even just two to start off with, to bring in fishes to feed our own
population (if it wasn’t for the Ocean Fresh fishing company), while countless
and unscrutinised foreign pirate vessels sail in and out for free and easy
Another 55 years of our political history discovered of a
potential seabed manganese mineral widely spread and scattered not beneath but
above our seabed ocean floor, from north of Aitutaki to our northern group of
islands, not to be dug, blasted nor mined as falsely postulated by some, but
only bucket scooped and collected with evidence already on display in our
seabed mineral office. We already seem to have apocalyptic doomsday prophets,
like we didn’t already have enough end of times doomsday false prophets who had
predicted and failed so many times the imminent end of the world.
The Bible teaches plainly and clearly of certain things that
lies squarely at the will and discretion of the beholder only, like the end of
the world, and those that lies in the possible and capable God-ordained
custodial reach of man for humanity’s economic gain and livelihood benefit. We
have more than enough lessons and examples to learn of failed mining industries
to put in place policies and viable cautionary regulations for corrections or
avoid those past mistakes altogether. While all global economic standards are
at the mercy of this viral demonic pandemic; though tiny and vulnerable we may
seem to appear, but the God we believe and worship is always in the business of
Restoration, Reconciliation, Redemption and Restitution.
Let us embark upon our many ‘Journeys of hope, not fear’ to
keep discovering more and more of our God given privileges to prosper much than
deprived, both in the physical as well as in the spiritual. For every adventure
that we holistically and wholly involve God will never fail. Jesus in Mathew
19: 26 says, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are
possible”. The Apostle Paul in Romans 8:
31 also declares, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”.
God continue to bless and keep our paradise Cook Islands
Covid free, cyclone free, economically prosperous and self-sustaining!
Kia Manuia rava I teia openga epetoma. Amene!
Bishop Tutai Pere is also the chairman of the Seabed Minerals Advisory Committee.