Yesterday was the first day of hurricane season. Now that we live in Florida we pay attention to the tropical depressions, wonder if they will become hurricanes and concern ourselves with where they make landfall. Last year two hurricanes came near our home in Jacksonville. These storms left immense devastation in their paths. The communities hardest hit are still recovering.
Hurricanes are similar to the storms of life. Often they start small and sometimes we don’t pay attention to the warning. Then, when they hit with full force they wreak havoc on our lives, and often on the lives of those we love.
If God loves us why does He allow such storms? The short answer is we live in a fallen world. But if we stop and look at the storms of life perhaps we can find a message in them. Consider these truths:
The storms will come, so prepare and head the warnings.
Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
Know where to seek refuge.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Remember that God is greater than the storm.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Believe God will direct you if you will listen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
God is in control.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
God will see you through the storm.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
The storm will end.
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
During the 2017 hurricane season I read and heard about numerous accounts of people helping people. There were rescues, donations of clothes, money, and places to stay. Many people had to start all over in a new community, but they had help to make that transition. God’s grace is often shown through the love his people offer. There will be a new day.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Dear friends, I don’t know what storm you are facing, or will face, but I do know this, God is in control and will see you through. His purpose will prevail.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
May the Lord richly bless your day.
Sources: Biblegateway.com (all verses are from the English Standard Version)