May 22nd, 2013 | By admin
by Katt Anderson
Recently there were deadly tornadoes passing through the southwest of the United States. My heart goes out to those in Oklahoma who were in harms way. The loss of property is bad enough, but the loss of lives is terrible. My prayers are with these people trying to rebuild their lives.
There is no way we can ever eliminate these catastrophic happenings. It is not a way of God punishing us, it is something that happens. I can’t explain it, as to the why or where, only God can. The storm could have been a lot worse, but people were blessed that it wasn’t.
God is no respecter of persons, as Matthew 5:45 tells us. that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. God does not select certain people he will save in a storm, and some he will not.
1 Peter 3:18 tells us, For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit. Christ came to save all of us, not a certain few. Or job is to hear His Word, understand it, and obey it. Christ died for all of us.
There is noting pretty about a catastrophic happening. Most of us have been affected in some way. I’ve been through tornadoes. I know the magnitude of the wind. We were lucky, our house was spared, but we lost two barns. I have also been very close to three other tornadoes. It is not fun, but we were blessed.
We cannot escape bad things. As long as the world stands, there will be storms. The storms should make us appreciate what God has given us. We should realize how blessed we are to have a caring God, caring friends, and caring loved ones. It’s not easy to watch everything you own fly away.
We as Americans are able to bounce back. I’m praying for those in Oklahoma to do that. It’s not easy and there will be moments of doubt. It is our job to help them in any way we can. It may only be our prayers, but we can do something.
Wonder how Noah felt when he stepped from the ark and saw all the divination? When the ground was dry, Noah and his family left the ark and in Genesis 8:20, we read that Noah built and altar to the Lord. He worshiped God. He was thankful to be spared when everyone else in the world was not. Think about how blessed the people of Moore, Oklahoma are.
In reality, we are blessed each day of our life. God blesses us with the air we breathe, the sunshine, the rain, the food on our tables, our friends, and everything we have. Take a moment to thank God for these blessings.