In the Difficult Days Ahead Following the Storm
by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | August 27, 2017
Today, and in the days ahead, we pray for all those in Texas and the surrounding areas impacted by hurricane Harvey, and as this storm continues to impact the Texas area for many weeks, and possibly months to come. May all those impacted find comfort and strength in Jesus Christ as the men and women of Texas unite together under common cause in these difficult times.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” – Psalm 46:1-2
It’s hard to see any positive from the occurrence of these difficult, destructive, life changing, and humbling events. How could a loving God allow such things to happen? But let me ask; during good and prosperous times, where all our needs are being met, as we live our lives in material comfort, do we pull together, do we reach out and humble ourselves before God, and give of ourselves to one another as we do during challenging times such as these? It is through these difficult times we are humbled and grow spiritually; accepting and welcoming Jesus Christ into all aspects of our lives.
“I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.” -Charles Spurgeon
A quote from Jerry Bridges, an evangelical Christian author, brings a perspective in that all suffering and pain is not without purpose:
“For the believer, all pain has meaning; all adversity is profitable. There is no question that adversity is difficult. It usually takes us by surprise and seems to strike where we are most vulnerable. To us it often appears completely senseless and irrational, but to God none of it is either senseless or irrational. He has a purpose in every pain He brings or allows in our lives. We can be sure that in some way He intends it for our profit and His glory.” -Jerry Bridges
Lord the times before us are difficult and humbling for all those involved. We pray for safety and strength as they come together, working with one another, united in their common struggle. We pray for the strength and safety of our police and fire departments, and other first responders as they work tirelessly to aid their communities providing for their immediate needs. As Christians, and believers in You, we give thanks for all You have provided, and we know with Your strength and guidance we will persevere. May we in the process of our struggle, grow in spiritual strength, love, and commitment to You, and in our tolerance of one another.
In the name of Jesus we pray,