Harvey and Irma

Published on Sep 13th, 2017 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Harvey and Irma

Harvey and Irma For the past several weeks it has seemed as if our nation was under attack. Two devastating hurricanes hit Texas and Florida. Another, Jose, may also decide to turn and attack us. The destruction has been widespread and our hearts go out to those who have lost everything. Our hearts break for those who lost their lives. It is a humbling thing to have to run from your home. The effect of those two storms on the lives of so many will be felt for decades to come.

As with all things of this magnitude, there were many who spoke up and tried to guess why something like this would happen. Many said it was a warning from God. Many cried that it was a result of the climate change that we are bringing on ourselves by our lifestyles. Jennifer Lawrence believes it was Mother Nature punishing Donald Trump for not believing in climate change. I’m pretty sure that we cannot give definitive answers as to why God brought these specific disasters at this time. When Jesus was asked about some disasters that happened during his day, he did not deal with the why but encouraged the people to use this as an opportunity to repent (Luke 13:1-5). I think we would all do best to leave the why to God and realize that even these events are for his glory.

I have noticed, as so many others have, how refreshing it has been to see our nation working together again. Black, white, republican, democrat, rich, poor...it just doesn’t seem to matter. People were helping people. I cannot remember a time in my life where this was needed more than now. Our country has been so divided that these times of devastation are acting as a salve for our open wounds. The fact that these two hit hurricanes hit so close together has allowed us to catch our breath, as a nation, and focus on helping each other. Voices that are crying out for unity and peace are finally louder than those who continually seek to divide.

I cannot, and will not, say that is why God brought these hurricanes to our country. I will say, though, that these results do shout to me one of the reasons that God brings suffering into our lives. Suffering changes our perspective on everything. Suffering humbles us and reminds us of what is most important. Romans 8:28 is an overused verse but it is also a very powerful verse as it reminds us that God truly does work all things for the good if we are one of his. God is good...all the time. Even when he brings hurricanes and flooding, he is good.

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