TUESDAY 11TH SEPT., 2018
WORD FOCUS: ANSWERS IN TIMES OF GREAT DISASTER
TEXT: Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever,
that we may do all the words of this law….”
Almighty God reserves the right to reveal some things and conceal others. This of course is the nature of God- His Sovereignty. Although we may not know why natural disasters occur, the biblical truths we do know with absolute certainly allows us to trust the Lord even in times of great suffering. These include:
1. GOD IS IN CONTROL (Ps. 103:19). Nothing in heaven or on earth is outside of His rule and authority. He does not react to events but sovereignty ordains or permits them to run their course. Again, we cannot know for certain if He has sent a catastrophe or allowed it, we can trust in His goodness and wisdom.
2. THE LORD LOVES PEOPLE AND WANTS THEM TO BE SAVED (John 3:16-17). Giving His Son for the salvation of the world proves without a doubt that He loves each person. This truth stands firm despite the fact that many reject the Saviour. He cares for us, even when we can’t feel it or won’t accept it.
3. GOD ORDAINS OR PERMITS EVENTS FOR HIS GOOD PURPOSE (Isa. 46:10). Though we cannot fully comprehend what He is doing in each incident, every disaster is a wake-up call for humanity. He is alerting us of the need to repent–so the lost can be saved and the saved can be revived to live totally for Him. Catastrophes open our ears to hear from the Lord. The One who loves us perfectly is in full control, working everything out according to His good purpose. Knowing this should fill us with hope, even in the midst of crisis situations. The Lord even promises to turn disaster to good for those who “are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
MEDITATION: Rom. 11:36, Jer. 23:23-24
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 SAM 29-30/1 COR.12/EZEK.11/PS.36
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