Waiting out Irma

Posted: Sat. Sep, 9 2017

Ps 107:28-32

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.

29 He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.

30 Then they were glad because they were quiet,
So He guided them to their desired haven.

31  Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!

32 Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people,
And praise Him at the seat of the elders.


 

We’re in the perfect book right now for dealing with something like a hurricane.

I’m talking about the book of Colossians.

At times like this, I’m sure glad that our Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ, is pre-eminent.
He’s first in everything.  He is the creator of all things - including hurricanes.

He is supreme over all things. He is in charge of everything - including hurricanes.

And He is all-sufficient.  He gives us everything we need -even when we need to get through a hurricane.

He can take His pinky finger and push that hurricane anywhere He wants it to go.

Matt 8:23-27
23  When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, " Save us, Lord; we are perishing!" 26 He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, "What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

And He is interceding for us, right at this moment, at the Right Hand of the Father.

Our Father, the one who loves His children like crazy...
and promises never to withhold any good thing from us.
Even in the middle of a hurricane.

And you can take that to the bank, because it’s backed up with the fact that when we were His enemies He gave us His precious Son, God’s Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The God who has promised that all things are working together for good - all things, including hurricanes - for us who love Him.

And you know, there are some  good things - like people realizing they need the Lord - that require a hurricane to bring about. Other good things too -   like learning how to be grateful to the Lord in all things - even in a hurricane.

So watch for Him at work in the coming days.

Finally, I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels,  nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth…

Nor category five hurricanes…
Nor storm surge-
Nor evacuations-
Nor trees falling down-
Nor any other thing a hurricane can do…

None of it

None of it will ever be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Because that’s where we are now, and where we’ll always be.

So hunker down…

Put on your favorite music while you still have power.
Pray for those who are in the path of this storm.
Be kind.
Do what you can to help those who need help.

And try to find a few minutes today to thank the Lord for His blessings. 
I’m guessing that, like mine, some of your most precious blessings are very close to you today.

Phil 4:4-7
4  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Refresh your mind about your greatest blessings. They are found in Ephesians 1.

Grab that list of things that tell you who you are in Christ…have that close by too.
You'll find it here:

http://www.lbible.org/index.php?proc=fea&fid=42

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And what the heck  - go and read Colossians once or twice.  Have I said that before?

And remember - when the Lord decided to come speak to Job, He spoke out of the whirlwind.

So when the storm is raging most fiercely, listen to  the Lord speaking to you.  Hear His word.

He’ll be saying:   “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you”.

That's what a loving Father who's crazy in love with His children is like..

Until the next time, we’re all ….

In His grip,

Pastor John

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