You may not have time to read this but I didn’t have time to write it, so that makes us about even. These are just a few things that have been running through my head as I struggle to take in the scope of this disaster.
Life is a vapor
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
I doubt anyone affected by the hurricane thought a month ago they would be where they are now. Just think about everything you own, maybe even everyone you love. Gone in one night. Never to return. The rest of your life, if you lived through it, you will be recuperating from this loss.
Trials beyond control reveal who we areConsider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
For the past few summers I have worked alongside Marines and former Marines at the MCRD SD Command Museum. Being around some of these veterans I have come to realize that these men, some of them decorated war heroes from WWII,
God is Sovereign“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."
Hurricane Katrina would have never existed unless God had allowed it to. At times like these, God’s sovereignty is hard to swallow. But remember this we are the creations, not the Creator. We see only one small part of His eternal plan. Who are we to tell God what to do? We do not yet know how God will use this tragedy for His glory and the salvation of souls. It is times like these that we realize our need for a sovereign Lord and Savior.
A Sovereign God still cries
What am I getting at? Our unwavering confidence in an Almighty, All-knowing, All-controlling, and Sovereign God can never be an excuse to let our hearts grow hardened to the suffering of His image-bearing creations. Part of true love is feeling the pain and sorrow of those who are suffering.
As Christ’s body we must continue to lift up these people in prayer that God would shine His light of grace, redemption, and hope in this dark hour. We also must seek to serve in anyway possible. Ambassadors of Christ, the time is now.
By His grace, for His glory,