At one point or another, all of us have faced a storm in our lives. Whether it was the death of a loved one, a personal illness, or the loss of a job, our lives are filled with storms. This weekend we are faced with a different type of storm – one of a power and magnitude that we most likely have never experienced.
As men of God, we are called to be the leaders of our households, the ones who set the tone and attitude in our families. Whether you have already evacuated or are hunkered down, riding out Hurricane Irma, here are four things to keep in mind.
- Remain Faithful: In Matthew 8, it speaks of a fierce storm that hit when Jesus and His disciples are in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. In verses 25 and 26 it says this: The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.This is simply a reminder for us to remain faithful in the face of Irma – and in the face of the storms of our life. God has this under control.
- Know the Truth: There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about the wildfires in Los Angeles, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma being sent as the wrath of God because of our sinful nature. Let’s not forget that natural disasters have been occurring for thousands of years – many hurricanes in the early 1900’s killed thousands of people.A few verses at the end of Genesis 8 speak loudly and clearly to me: Genesis 8:20-22 says, Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. And the LORD was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”
Don’t ever forget that we worship a God of love, not retribution.
- Pray: 1 Thesselonians 5:16-18 says this: Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.There is nothing I can add to this.
- Seize Opportunities: Take advantage of the opportunities that Irma will bring to serve your fellow man. Embrace these opportunities and make service to others part of your daily life, remembering “The One” to whom you belong!