Hurricane Irma has stirred up a flurry of fear and anxiety. As I sit in my office looking out the window at the rain and feeling the powerful winds, I am prayerful. I am prayerful for the families that have lost loved ones in natural disasters like Irma. I am also prayerful for others that have lost homes, jobs and their sense of security.
Yesterday, I checked on a friend of mine in Florida that decided to ride it out. Her response back to me was, “We are in His hands.” What a powerful statement. My reply was, “They are great hands to be in.” Her family was wise to prepare for the storm with metal shutters, water, and food while also praying for the outcome. I was glad to see that no harm came near her dwelling and all is well with her today.
During my devotion time today, I read over many scriptures that resonated with the current atmosphere of the times. The uncertainty of safety, coupled with the threat of loss makes even the strongest of people uncomfortable. When we are faced with things out of our control we often don’t know where to anchor our fear. We run to shelters and others for refuge but still feel uneasy. As a woman who comes from Los Angeles, where the ground opens up and swallows whole building during an earthquake, I’d like to offer a bit of comfort. Anchor your fear in Jesus. Run to Christ as your refuge, protection, and provision. Be wise yet prayerful and lay the outcome at His feet.
We often discount trusting in Jesus and prayer as passively intangible because we cannot see the impact of our words immediately. We feel more comfortable dealing with the five senses of this world instead of the supernatural sense of our prayers. The truth is the spirit world is more real than the natural world. Build your house on the spiritual rock and it will have eternal life!
Luke 6:46-49 ESV “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but do not do what I say? I will show you what everyone is like who comes to me and hears my words and obeys. That person is like a man building a house who dug deep and laid the foundation on rock. When the floods came, the water tried to wash the house away, but it could not shake it, because the house was built well. But the one who hears my words and does not obey is like a man who built his house on the ground without a foundation. When the floods came, the house quickly fell and was completely destroyed.”
One thing that is sure, is it rains on the just and the unjust and God is merciful to all.
Matthew 5:45 NKJV “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Luke 6:35-36 NKJV “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”
These promises are established and sure to everyone drawing breath right now. However, there are some conditional promises that bring a great comfort to those who stand on them for security.
Psalm 37:3-6 NKJV “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”
Psalm 91:1-6 NKJV “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”
Obedience is wisdom! Wisdom to know that God is not a kill joy with a big stick in heaven waiting to clobber you when you screw up. Wisdom to know that anything He calls you away from is for your good and not your harm. Wisdom to know that you are the apple of His eye and object of His affection. Wisdom to know that He delights in your well being and never runs out of the resources necessary to provide for you.
When the storm comes anchor you fear on the solid rock that protects, guides and provides. You will never be sorry from this life to the next. Eternity is yours with joy overflowing. I hope this song by Byron Cage will move you to a place of worship that comforts your soul.