Everyone in Florida is preparing for the likelihood of Hurricane Irma making an unwelcome visit. As we prepare our home for the approaching storm I can’t help but be reminded of God’s goodness and how our faith must become trust, especially when a record breaking storm is heading our way!
I am reminded of what Jesus said to His disciples when the storm on the Sea of Galilee raged and fear consumed them:
Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” – Matthew 14:27 NASB
Jesus is telling us the same thing as we await the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Take courage, Jesus is with us, and we shouldn’t be afraid. I know, easier said than done, right? Here’s the thing: If we truly believe Jesus is not only Savior but LORD over our lives shouldn’t we be able to trust Him with everything? Including an approaching hurricane?
Yes, we should.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the storm will be calmed like it was for the disciples. Is every person that is sick healed? We can’t assume to know who God will heal and which storm He will spare us from…if any. But that doesn’t change the fact that God is still good. Even in the middle of a hurricane the truth of the cross of Christ still stands. Even when one person is healed while another is not the reality that Jesus is coming back hasn’t changed. We can’t define God as good or evil simply because life can be hard, unfair, and sometimes difficult. The fallen nature of the world doesn’t define God as not being good.
When your faith becomes trust, you won’t have a problem believing that even in the midst of a hurricane God is still good. Faith allows you to see and trust that God is faithful and just and good. If you expect to see God deliver you from every storm rather than trusting He is walking through each storm with you then your faith hasn’t really become trust. Sometimes God delivers us from storms. And sometimes we must go through them.
Regardless, if Hurricane Irma turns, breaks apart or makes landfall in Florida, if our faith is truly trust then we can believe without any doubt that even in the middle of a storm God is still good.
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