“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever.  Amen” – Philippians 4:19-20

Hurricane Laura has passed through Texas and Louisiana, leaving many dead, hundreds of thousands without power, and thousands with devastated homes.  The remnant storm is expected to spawn  tornados and flooding in the md west. 

Often following natural disasters Christians and non-believers alike ask, “Why God”?  Why punish the innocent? 

Trials and tribulations are expected, even welcomed by the Christian.  They provide opportunity.  Peter, one of the apostles closest to Jesus wrote: 

“In this (Salvation) you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that  perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. – 1 Peter 6-9. 

  1.   We are taken through trials for our benefit.  They are an opportunity to mature our faith, and bring praise, honor, and glory to the One who deserves it, Jesus
  2. In addition, these circumstances provide the opportunity to demonstrate Jesus to the world.  They allow us to be the beacon to others who need our help and guidance, and to bring them to Jesus and salvation.  Notwithstanding we grieve together with those going through these circumstances, who have lost family members, homes, and businesses.

Lord God, we pray that you comfort those that are affected by these disasters.  Please guide and mature your children who are experiencing loss and hardship.  We pray that you use us as beacons to a lost world that needs You.  Holy Spirit connect us with those that need help, comfort, and guidance.  Give us the opportunity to do all these things and turn a lost and dying world to you.