Raging Storms

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, September 03, 2019

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. Isaiah 25:4

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Island of the Bahamas this Labor Day weekend causing massive damages and killing at least five people. The people of the Bahamas were helpless against the raging category 5 Hurricane with a wind speed of up to 185 miles per hour.

Many individuals in the Florida coast, Georgia and South Carolina have been told to evacuate and seek refuge in shelters before the storm makes landfall in the US. Whereas some people will heed the warning to evacuate, many will not. Those who do may still lose their homes, but their lives will be spared.

In today’s text, Isaiah told the Lord “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.” Everyone goes through seasons of storms in life. Just because a person is wealthy or famous does not mean they do not go through storms.

There is no evacuation for most of the storms we go through. Where can a cancer patient hide from the anguish of cancer treatment? There is no place we can run to avoid the sorrow of losing a loved one. Those who face the storm of depression cannot evacuate to a wonderland to avoid the agony of their mental distress.

God is the only one who can give us refuge from any, and all the storms of life. Those who evacuate to the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty and weather the storms of life (Psalm 91:1-2). They may lose material things, but they will maintain the peace and joy of the Lord. That is why the Psalmist says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

I have helped in the recovery efforts in many places throughout the US and abroad. One thing I learned is how difficult it is for people to recover after a storm. Even people whose houses are not affected during a storm find it very difficult to handle the psychological impact of a storm. That is why we need God’s strength and presence to make it through a storm.

Do not try to go through an existential storm without God. It is a mistake to assume that you are strong enough to overcome your storm alone. No matter how much money, or education, or your social status, you need God to help you make it through the storms of life. Dorian probably damaged many multimillion-dollar mansions in the Bahamas. The military could not stop Dorian from wreaking havoc on that island.

As Dorian slowly moves toward the US, two people have already died in Florida while preparing for the storm. I received an email yesterday from Duke Energy telling me to anticipate possible power outage if Dorian comes to North Carolina. North Carolina Baptist Men are already recruiting volunteers to help with the clean-up effort if Dorian makes landfall in the US.

There is a storm that is looming for which God has provided shelter through Jesus Christ for all humanity. Eternal judgment is coming slowly and surely. The only way to prepare for that storm is by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. There is no evacuation from that storm. That storm is fiercer than a Category 5 storm. Are you ready for that raging storm?

Prayer- Blessed Lord, have mercy upon those that have been negatively affected by Hurricane Dorian. May those that have lost loved-ones find your comforting love. Send your provision to help those who lost their homes and possessions to recover accordingly.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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