Social media allows us to see the panic and fear of people who feel unprepared for a hurricane and the rush to create a safe place to weather the storm with an awareness no other generation has experienced. One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 91 and Hurricane Florence has reminded me that God is My only safe refuge. I look at how Florence seemingly came out of no where and caught me off guard. A hurricane was the farthest thing from my mind. It was my normal shopping day, but there was no bread or water to be found. When our routine gets disrupted, we feel uncomfortable and for me, things often feel worse than they really are. My solution is to get alone with God’s Word and let Him remind me of His faithfulness. We have to purposefully let God be our shield so that we can keep our joy.
I look at the catastrophic damage currently being done by Florence and my heart breaks for the people who do not have God as their personal refuge. How scary that must be! I pray this storm does not take one life that is not ready to meet Jesus in person. But I do pray that Florence draws us closer to Christ, beckons the prodigal home, and introduces people who have never heard the Gospel to Jesus. Yes, there are still people who have never heard of Him in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, etc.
Weather can be a fearful event, but God wastes nothing, and He has majorly calmed Florence from a category 4 hurricane all the way down to a tropical storm. There is no other explanation and I give Him all the glory!! He is faithful, and I know saints have been praying and taking their authority over the earth. Let us not forget to go back and thank Him for answered prayers and for calming the storm!
As I think about the hurricane in the natural, I see a great resemblance to the spiritual storm that has been raging in my personal life. I have been feeling perplexed but not in despair in a certain area of my life that is very confusing to me right now.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8
I am following advice given to me that I have passed on to others. When you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything! I cannot make a major change in my life based on my emotions. That’s really hard for me. Its times like this that I have ask myself if I am acting or reacting to a painful situation. Am I trying to give God advice on how to fix my situation or am I crucifying my flesh and saying, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” I received a devotional from a friend today by Cynthia Ruchti, and the faith step says, “Picture yourself in the counselor’s chair, with Jesus on the couch. Trade places.”
That’s good advice!
So, I choose as an act of my will to not make decisions based on my emotions today. I want to be obedient and in God’s will MORE than I want to be comfortable. I want to seek His face and let Him guide me in His Sovereignty even if it hurts and I don’t like the way I feel.
I choose to surrender to whatever He requires of me (after all He is my Master, my Savior, My Abba Father, My best Friend). And I step back to give Him room to work to accomplish His will so that He can bring my category 4 personal storm down to a tropical storm as quickly as He has Florence. I will sit as His feet in worship and say, “Peace, Be Still!” Just as Florence will be a memory we talk about and hopefully learn from, storms in our personal lives do not last forever. We must not lose sight of Jesus being the main thing! We must not abandon our close fellowship in God’s Word when we feel like the storms of life are crashing in around us. That is the time to stand firm, set your face like flint, and do not give the devil a foothold. I pray that if you are going through a storm today that God would bring you fresh revelation of Psalm 91 and what is required for abiding in Christ. If you are struggling, read the Psalms. Sometimes He is waiting on us to do our part, but He is always faithful to do His!