When our kids were younger, we used to love to go to the beach and build sandcastles. Hours were spent forming and sculpting the sand with the complete understanding that, in just moments, the tide would come in and wash it all away.
It has been inspiring and so encouraging to witness the flood of response from people helping people in the disaster of Hurricane Harvey! Wherever you turn, you see an outpouring of love, material goods and services given and received with grateful and humble thanks! Reaching out to others when disaster strikes is one of the most Christ-like things we can do!
Who do you rely on? Are they able to help 24/7? Can you depend on them when disaster strikes? King Asa was facing the worst disaster of his reign with a million-man army threatening him. He had about half that number, and they had nowhere to go. His story in 2 Chronicles teaches us what to do when your back is against the wall and you literally have no one to turn to.
Wow! James nailed it with those words, didn’t he? Sometimes, it takes a natural disaster to remind us how little control we really have over our lives. When disaster strikes, the Bible offers us wise counsel and practical steps we can take to recover.
I don’t know who you are, but I do know this much about you: you are either just coming out of trouble, in the midst of it, or about to experience some troubles. That’s life! We are all in one of those three categories, aren’t we? This week, we are looking at what to do when disaster strikes.
Disaster is indiscriminate. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV2011)
The most hope-filled people on earth are God’s people! Still, there are times and seasons in our lives when our hope spills out. Grief, loss, tragedy, unexplained suffering. You may have felt that recently or even feel that way now and you wonder where God is.
Crisis time is God’s time! When we are at our lowest, God is at work in ways we cannot see. We are too blinded by our pain and discomfort. But when we look for Him through the eyes of faith, hope springs eternal!
Historic! Unprecedented! Catastrophic! Biblical! You’ve no doubt heard and repeated these one-word descriptions of the devastating floods in South Texas from Hurricane Harvey. Even as I write this, life-saving rescues are still happening.
Paul was in the next wave of Christ followers. All the other apostles saw Jesus in the flesh when He lived among them and led them. But, it wasn’t until after His ascension into heaven that Christ appeared to Paul personally on the road to Damascus.