I’ve been listening to a lot of weather reports for a number of days now. The muddy Salt River is high enough for me to see it out my front window. I hear reports of people evacuating their homes, of flooded basements, of hail damaged roofs. Tonight I see war-like devastation in the southern states where friends and family live.
And we pray.
Sweet William and I have prayed a lot lately about the weather, asking for protection and mercy on us and those we love, naming them one by one.
And I wonder what is happening?
Is it the result of global warming? Is this punishment from God?
Jesus said it rightly when He warned His disciples, “In this world you shall have tribulation.” He didn’t say, “Everything will be just great if you follow me.” Nor did He say, “You’ll be healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Life is hard. We all know it is true. Listen to the stories people tell. Even those who smile have a heartbreaking tale to tell.
The rain falls on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Bad things happen to good people. We don’t want to believe that and act surprised when it does. Especially if the bad things are happening to us personally.
During these stormy days and nights I have thought of a favorite Scripture verse in Job 26:14 (CEV).
“These things are merely a whisper of God’s power at work. How little we would understand if this whisper ever turned into thunder!”
God’s power is unparalleled on this earth. Man’s discoveries and inventions are no match for His smallest breath. The forces of nature that were spoken into existence astonish us.
Power belongs to God, so says Psalm 62:11. Comforting words follow that verse telling me that mercy belongs to Him also.
I don’t know what is happening. But what I do know is that God is good as well as powerful. He is not willing that any should perish. He loves men and women, boys and girls and wants them to turn to Him in their trouble, to thank Him for His many blessings, to worship Him for who He is.
He is God. He is in control. He is a shelter in our time of storm.
What storms are swirling around you? Leave a comment.