Isaiah 43:1, 2
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Living in Southeast Louisiana, hurricanes are a way of life. Every couple of years we have a “scare” and a close call. Each time we see the potential of a major storm, we recognize several things. First we recognize the fragile life we all live. Every one of us lives one tragedy away from eternity. All of the physical possessions we work so hard for are so easily taken from us. So one of the great truths that should become real when we are facing possible storms is that our life is not about our possessions but about eternity. All that we can ultimately keep forever is our relationship with the Lord and our spiritual relationships with family and friends.
Secondly, we recognize the sovereign wisdom and power of God and trust Him to work out all things in our lives for our good.
Matthew 8:24 – 26
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Sometimes it may seem that the Lord is “asleep” or that He does not care about our circumstances. Having passed through Katrina, we know the tender and powerful care of our Lord. We have seen His wisdom and His awesome generosity work in all of our lives. Take courage! You are not forgotten. He will care for you and bring you safely through whatever storm you may face.
Finally, these times can be special times of ministry. The Lord seems to speak loudest and clearest when we are in difficult situations. Listen to the Lord. Call upon His name. Draw near to Him in prayer. Read your Bible. You may be surprised at the clearness of His voice. Hope to see you soon in church.
Pastor Frank Bailey