Storm-Tossed Faith – Tough Theology!
Our heartfelt prayers go out to those suffering in Houston. Tens of thousands are in shock. Their homes are shattered, their cars underwater, their places of work inundated, their keepsakes waterlogged … and some have lost family members. All seems lost. Hurricanes are vicious monsters of circumstance. They come not just in howling winds and fifty-one inches of pummeling rain. They’re also life’s reality.
“Oh, storm-tossed believer,” says Charles Spurgeon, “troubles that drive you to your father are a blessing. Now that you have only God to trust, see to it that you put your confidence in him.”
Today is our daughter, Vanessa’s thirty-first birthday. She missed yesterday’s ‘girls gathering.’ A hurricane of another sort took her home. Vanessa celebrated five birthdays with us … and the next twenty-six with her heavenly Father. We miss her desperately and remember when all seemed lost. But we persevered in storm-tossed faith … and all is well with our souls.
Houston, “now is the time for great feats of faith and courageous exploits. ‘Be strong and very courageous,’ (Joshua 1:7). As surely as He created the heavens and the earth, He will glorify Himself in your trials … His might in your distress.”
Oh, Houston, how much easier said than done. It’s tough theology, but God’s living truth.
Shalom … God’s overwhelming peace and prosperity in all things
Quotations taken from Charles Spurgeon, Morning by Morning, August 31st , Zondervan 2008, Editor Jim Reimann