“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
I feel quite sure that most of you, as I am, are thinking about and praying for the raging fires in the west, the hurricanes that ravaged South Texas, the Caribbean, and now hitting Florida. It is disturbing and sorrowful as we see the lives of people in shambles knowing the long road ahead for their recovery. We may feel helpless and somewhat guilty as we go on with our everyday lives that are perfectly intact. We can help by giving our money and praying to help meet the incredible needs facing so many. I’d rather be there helping people as I see with my own eyes, but it isn’t possible for us all to go, so we pray, we give and then repeat.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
In times of disaster it is quite common to hear two extreme statements. One is to say, “Where is God in all this chaos; why would He allow this to happen; how can a loving God let these things go on?” The other is to say, “God you are our only hope in all situations! You are the master and creator of all. Therefore, we trust you to bring glory and honor from the ashes of our lives.” I choose by faith to say the latter, because I know God truly is in control of everything.
Why do these things happen if God is in control? I believe God allows the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. He loves us so much that in spite of the fact that we broke His heart by choosing sin; He made a way for us to know Him. He sent His son Jesus to die, taking our place so that we could be called children of God. Though our sin brought about this broken and fractured world He still offered us a way back to Him. He never promised this life would be free of pain and suffering. In fact, He told us that in this world we would have suffering but to take heart because He has overcome the world. He actually told us this so that we would have peace in Him. (John 16:33)
One day He promises us that He will make all things right. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (I Peter 5:10)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. (Revelation 21: 1-7)
Please let tragedy cause you to run to God, not from Him. Trust in God today by faith and believe that He loves you, and that He alone is the way to salvation. (John 14:6)