As we wait for hurricane Florence to arrive, there is a lot of room for angst. My ten-year-old is prone to the drama. She hears the fear mongering and lets it engulf her which makes it difficult to watch the news to stay informed.
We talk about fear and trusting God but she knows from experience hurricanes can be bad. The last one left us without power for a week and trees damaged countless houses, cars, etc. all around us. So how do we teach our kids to trust God when bad things happen to those who trust and those who don’t? Those who pray are affected just as much as those who don’t pray, right?
We trust God is big enough to stop the storms
Creator of the world
He is the creator of the world and has control over everything. We acknowledge that and ask him for the desires of our heart… prevention. It’s okay to ask. He made everything in Genesis 1.
‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. ‘ Genesis 1:1
He commands every detail of creation
In Joshua 10:13 the sun stood still so the Israelites could defeat their enemies
‘And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. ‘ Joshua 10:13
He has authority over all
In Job 38:11 and Proverbs 8:29 The Lord reminds us HE set the boundaries for the waves
‘when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? ‘ Job 38:11
‘when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. ‘ Proverbs 8:29
We trust even though we are subject to a fallen world
We are not citizens of this world.
The pains of this place make us long or Heaven when all will be made right and beautiful… perfect
‘ “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”’ John 16:33
There will be trouble
He doesn’t say “if” it comes but “when”. We trust HE will take care of us, but it won’t destroy us if we lean on Him.
‘We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ‘ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
He calls us to the storm
The Lord may call us to the storm, but doesn’t mean he is causing it to punish us. In the following passage, God was not speaking in the roar of the storms but in a gentle whisper. If we keep our eyes on the storm we won’t hear the whisper and see Him over the tragedy.
‘The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord , for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord , but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” ‘ 1 Kings 19:11-13 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/1KI.19.11-13
We trust HE is big enough to handle the damage any storm brings
We pray and ask for the storm to pass, for it to miss us, or that it goes back out to sea. But when it doesn’t we wonder if he heard us or if he really cares? We know He’s big enough to stop it, but why doesn’t he?
HE allows storms in our lives for many reasons.
It grows our faith to endure
‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. ‘ Isaiah 43:2 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/ISA.43.2
Our faith is refined through fire
‘These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. ‘ 1 Peter 1:7 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/1PE.1.7
The struggle is producing in us fruit we couldn’t get any other way
‘Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. ‘ James 1:2-4 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/JAS.1.2-4
Protection doesn’t imply prevention
We misunderstand God’s provision of protection as being a promise of prevention. Over and over and over again the Bible warns us that trouble will come.
‘Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. ‘ James 1:12 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/JAS.1.12
I have real fears about life and health because I’ve seen death up close and personal knocking on the door of two of my children. He spared their lives for which I am grateful, but in those days I realized life is fragile and not guaranteed. I am not in control. Those events are not the only tough things we will face. As Abby ages, I’m painfully aware of the reality she is a lot like a senior citizen in her struggles. But through her vulnerability, he is teaching me to be grateful for the days I get and to know things may not get better and they could get worse. I’ll be okay because HE will walk me through whatever comes. I may break but HE will piece me back together… and probably in a better way than I was before.
‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. ‘ Psalm 90:12 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.90.12