LIVING WATER – Eye of the Hurricane by JW Kaiser
Have you ever been through a hurricane? I’ve been through so many I’ve lost count. Recently we’ve experienced the destruction and fury of Harvey in TX and Irma has wrecked havoc on the Caribbean and most of the southeastern US. There will certainly be more to come.
Storms like these bring up questions like:
Does God cause hurricanes or are they random weather events?
Can’t God stop them from destroying lives and property?
Does God even care about what destruction these storms cause?
Hurricanes are a great metaphor for life. It could be a storm of wind and waves or a storm of relationships, financial, health, etc. However, God’s nature is clear in light of God sending Jesus to pay for our sins. He took out his vengeance on his only son (and doesn’t need a hurricane to do that). His love for us overshadows all evil and disappointment in life (including storms). With so much mystery and wonder it is important to reflect on what the scriptures say:
There will be trouble but God is still in control. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 6:23
We can have faith that God’s desire is to bless us. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom 8:28
God has a plan. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
There are many more promises of truth found in scripture. Maybe we should turn off the weather channel and open our Bibles as we wrestle with the big questions that are filled with mystery.
If you’ve been in a hurricane, you might have experienced the calm that is found inside the “eye”. The velocity of the storm creates a calm center where you can even see blue sky and experience calm winds. As followers of Christ we must know that perspective and peace can be found in the middle of the storm. We must seek hope in Christ, even in the storms, because the world needs hope and love that only comes from Jesus Christ.