Today was an interesting day as Hurricane Irene blasted through the area ripping trees from the ground, shredding the tops of them, blowing shingles off of houses, tearing siding away from some houses, and dropping torrential rains across Eastern North Carolina. In light of this, I was reminded of some truths’ about God’s Word and I would like to share them with you.
As the wind roared and branches fell, I stood on my porch thinking about the power of God. Hurricane Irene was enormous with a wind field of tropical storm force winds extending out almost 300 miles from the center of circulation, yet this is nothing compared to the size of our planet. Then consider the size of the solar system we live in, the size of the universe which keeps going on and on and on, and yet God is still greater than all of these. In Jeremiah 10:12 it says ” It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom,and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.” Again Genesis 1 recounts the creation of the universe and all things in it by a much greater, more powerful God. The hurricane today reminded me God’s control over all things. If my God controls the hurricane, made the universe, even sustains each breath I take and heartbeat, how can I not do anything but give God the best each day of my life? The same God I serve who does all of these wonderful things and more is the same God who saved me from my sin by His grace. Even in a storm like this, God is still in control. In life, there is no “storm” or trial that we may encounter where God loses control. God made all things and is in control of all things no matter how terrible they may seem to be. Through the power of this hurricane today I am reminded just how much more powerful God is and His control over all things. No matter what may happen in life, always remember that God is with you and in complete control of every situation. If you can trust God with your soul, then you can trust Him with everything else as well.
Also, I was reminded today of how blessed we really are as a nation. When you have electricity, clean food and water, nice hot meals, and light to see we often take it for granted. However after losing electricity since this morning and finally gaining it back, I realized just how much even something like this is a blessing from God. Without electricity we were unable to use lights, charge our technology devices, cook meals, keep our food from spoiling and the list goes on and on. After losing the electricity for so long I saw how much even something we take for granted is a blessing from God. Think about the people in other countries who do not even have the opportunity to drink clean water or die of starvation. In America we are so blessed to have so much, but instead of being grateful for what we have been blessed with and thanking God for all of these wonderful daily provisions we tend to have an ungrateful spirit and complaining attitude. In relation to the Christian walk we have blessings spiritually we fail to see each day. The spiritual fruit produced in our life and others is overlooked. An opportunity to present the Gospel is viewed as a duty or burden more than a blessing. Even worse, our own salvation by God’s grace is often overlooked when we spend time praying for our own physical needs and other things rather than thanking God for the spiritual blessings He has given us. May we echo the words of Paul in Philippians 4:11 when he spoke of his provisions by God in this manner, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” As Christians we should be fully satisfied through Christ and Him alone, for He is our life and our life is only by His daily sufficient grace.