The storm churned the waters in the Atlantic Ocean, and weather forecasters broadcast some computer models warning of imminent impact to the Mid-Atlantic coastline with ominous results. Computers did NOT forecast this! Computers on compile historical data. Hurricane Florence was potent. I have lived through hurricanes when they used to hit New England. Lots of rain and wind. Relentless rain and wind. But slow-moving hurricanes are the most dangerous. But we seem to be postured by all the “experts” who have access to all this historical data into thinking these storms have a mind of their own and are subject only to some natural phenomenon like a stalled cold front or a wayward jet stream. So the flood swept in…….
Well, “who” actually stalls the cold front? It just doesn’t do it on its own. Well, “why” does the jet stream take the routes it does? It just doesn’t do it on its own. It is inanimate. It has to be directed by “someone”. And it is. But it isn’t man!
Genesis 6:17“And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth…”
Isaiah 28:2 “Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, Like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, Like a flood of mighty waters overflowing…”
Ezekiel 13:13 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it.’ “
Jonah 1:4 “But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.
Matthew 8:26-27 “But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So, the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Let’s look at another point where we believers have been earnestly praying for any opportunities to share the gospel without all the evil rhetoric and accusations. When we tell the beautiful Gospel story, so many turn and try to beat us verbally into submission, saying the message offends them. So, we pray for innovative ways to get the opportunities.God heard us and gives us a massive storm. Why? He heard us and is giving us the exact opportunity!So many hurl talking points like “God wouldn’t do anything like this! He wouldn’t cause so much damage and misery. REALLY?
But look at it this way, whenever a crisis hits like this, and Christians all over organize and rush in to help all the ones directly or indirectly that are caught up in the event; it’s like God gives us a gift!!! As believers are passing out water, blankets, batteries, pillows, dry clothes, and food in Jesus’ name, there’s hardly a squeak! That’s because God is turning the event into a massive blitz for His people to get the message out. If anyone dared to criticize this effort, it would be met with such disdain!! So believers swept in right behind the flood!
So, when prayers go up for opportunities to tell the Gospel and our own testimonies, the Lord DOES hear! He brought two major events together for US to use for His glory. Is there suffering? Yes. Is there inconvenience? Yes. Is there pain and loss? Yes. Is there hopelessness exposed? Yes. So, WHO is the answer? Jesus Christ. Think about all the ones who receive Christ during this who will NOT be exposed to the suffering, inconvenience, pain, loss, and hopelessness when they stand before the judgment and are shuttled off to everlasting punishment!
“Lord, thank You for providing a supernatural way to serve in so many capacities during this unusual event!Let’s rush to this opportunity and give You glory!! We love You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”