“Storms of every sort, torrents, earthquakes, cataclysms, ‘convulsions of nature,’ etc., however mysterious and lawless at first sight they may seem, are only harmonious notes in the song of creation, varied expressions of God’s love.” John Muir
I feel like I’m preaching to the choir today, because most of you reading my posts already know the importance of faith in the God of the universe. What I do hope is that my words will reach those who have lost their faith, who have never had it tested, or who never had it in the first place.
In the past week we’ve seen devastation on a massive scale – buildings submerged in floods, broken hearts, lost homes and memories. On the other hand we’ve seen people coming together to help those who have suffered. It seems the best of humanity comes out in times of disaster.
As we approach the anniversary of one of the most horrific terrorist attacks on American soil, I have memories of the same kind of zeal within the soul of our country. We were strong and united in our determination to fight back. All the memories of what it took to build this country flooded in. We were reminded of the cost of freedom, the blood shed to win it and the grit of our people.
How can any good come from disaster? How can we ever get back what we lost? How do people cope who haven’t faith in the consistency of God?
WE ARE A NATION FOUNDED ON THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost track of that foundation. We no longer put our trust in God. Instead we look to ourselves for solutions. We only come to God when all else fails. Even then, God welcomes us back with open arms. Our world has taken a serious downturn away from the One who created it.
I don’t believe disaster comes to us as a form of punishment from God. I do believe that He never changes, in spite of the fact that we do. He’s always available, faithful and loves us unconditionally. He will provide a way out of all peril. All we need to do is believe.
“We can’t solve modern problems by going back in time. Retreating to the safety of the familiar is an understandable response, but God has called us to a life of faith. And faith requires us to face the unknown while trusting Him completely. Charles R. Swindoll