Amid Tragedy, Thank God
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
'Storms raked the nation and left an apocalyptic path of destruction. Dozens died. Yet it could have been far worse' (USA Today sub-header).
Upon opening my hotel room door I saw an amazing sight: USA Today had a headline thanking God! With a circulation of just under 2 million each day, this paper brings overdue publicity for our Lord. Admittedly, it took a devastating group of tornadoes to remind our wayward press of their stalwart God.
What is the divine purpose of such storms? Is God giving us wake-up call after wake-up call? Do we keep hitting the snooze button?
Of significance, the article's sub-header reminds us of the coming 'apocalypse': 'a prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil' (Random House Dictionary).
Most Bible scholars and prophets believe our world is in end times.
'There will be fearful sights and great signs from Heaven' (Luke 21:11).
'Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it' ' (Ezekiel 13:13).
Let us wake up and stand up for our Lord.
Regarding victims of the recent tornadoes, we 'Weep with those who weep' (Romans 12:15). But as 'The Lord restored Job's losses...' and 'Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before' (Job 42:10), I believe God will turn 'mourning into dancing' (Psalm 30:11) for His suffering children.
In the interim, we pray. We help where we can, and amid tragedy, we thank God.