The Disastrous Hurricane Called Harvey

The Hurricane that no one is apt to ever forget, at least those who experienced it in Houston, continues on its rampage. The remains of Hurricane Harvey continues dumping record-breaking levels of water on the city and its surrounding areas, it looks like rescue attempts of thousands continue around the clock, using both air and water craft.

The area in an around Houston, reports USA Today, has received as much as 50 inches or more in some areas – which is a record from a hurricane. In one day, more than 3,000 people have been rescued. They are receiving more than 1,000 calls each hour. The Police and Fire Departments, as well as the National Guard, all have their hands full trying to save people during this disaster.

The water levels continue to rise, and this has led to water either overflowing some levees, or deliberately being released to control the amount of water flowing downriver. No relief from the rising water is expected. Another 12 inches (could be as much as 20 inches) is expected before the event from Hurricane Harvey is over.

A problem is that the roads out of town are blocked due to water, or from stopped and abandoned cars. With water levels rising, many people are panicking.

Shelters are open and government officials believe that as many as 30,000 people will be in them, says CNN. As many as 450,000 people are expected to need assistance from this disaster.

Of course, once the waters begin to recede – in about a week – other problems will begin to arise, reports the Washington Post. Besides having to watch out now for snakes and alligators in the water, and fire ants, afterwards there will be an increase in disease, black mold, and mosquitoes.

By now, many people are wondering why is this happening and what is God doing about it? While I certainly cannot say I know all the reasons, I want to invite you to get my eBook called “Finding Bible Answers to the Troubles of Life,” showing how God uses some disastrous events such as this to His own glory. In many cases, it is the only way He can get the attention of some people – and of a nation.
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Have you read this post? God, Hurricanes, and the Promise of Ultimate Good.
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Words of Thanksgiving

Psalm 69:30 “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

David was a man that was very thankful to God. Before he was king, though, he had a very rough life under King Saul.

David was determined, though, to keep on giving glory to God for His working in his life. Although there were many blessings and hardships, David did not allow them to make him bitter.

Did you read the part of the verse where he had a song? It was a song of praise, too. Many of these Psalms were written while he was going through times of hardship. Yet he was determined to be always thankful.

Being thankful to God helps us to remember that although circumstances may not always be to our liking, God is still in control. We can certainly thank Him for that.

There are many things that I am thankful to God for in this year. It has been a little rough for me as well, but my God is good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

Among many other things, I thank Him for:

  • A Savior Who can take me to Heaven.
  • A church that is like a family.
  • A Bible that leads me and offers many promises.
  • A free country that I believe to still be the best in the world.
  • My family and friends.
  • Opportunities to minister the Word of God.
  • The opportunity to work.
  • The health I do have (underwent cancer surgery in mid-summer).
  • And many more.

Like David, I also know that God is good and He does put a song in my heart, too. The song is especially there when I praise Him and am thankful – for all things. Praise His Name!

Bible Promise for the Day – The Way to Truly Make America Great Again

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Joshua 26:3-9 “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.”

There has been a lot of talk lately about making America great again. Yes, our country has certainly seen some slippage lately, but not necessarily due to the reasons that some would think.

The primary reason is because America has forgotten the One Who made it great in the first place. God has power to raise up a nation, to bring it down, or to let it bring itself down due to forgetting Him and moral decadence.

In the above verses, God promises to bring about many great blessings to the people who serve Him. It is not science or technology that brings the blessings, although those things are certainly helpful.

There are several blessings that God directly promises in these verses:

  1. Rain for the crops
  2. Bumper crops
  3. Food in abundance
  4. Safety and peace in the land
  5. Few wild animals – think packs of wild dogs!
  6. No enemies destroying in the land
  7. Military superiority

As I look over this list, I find that America had all these things at one time. There certainly was a direct correlation between church-going and blessings. Of course, the greatest blessing is salvation through Christ – knowing about it and being transformed by it.

What are the conditions of making America great again, according to these verses?

  1. Become one of God’s children (salvation)
  2. Choose to obey God daily (a choice must be made)
  3. Keep His Biblical principles (don’t just talk about them)

Any politician that wants to see America become what it could be must not only decide to follow these principles, but they must also choose to lead America toward that goal! Then and only then, will America begin to be in the place where God wants to bless it again. Until then, as our verse reveals – He does not “respect” a people who will not love and serve Him.

Will you be one who will follow God’s principles for personal faithfulness to Him? Are you saved? Revival, or a return to God that He may bless, begins with you today.

Bible Promise for the Day – Making God’s Power Known

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Psalm 106:8 “Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.”

Israel had once again gotten into a place of trouble. They had forgotten what God had done for them in the past and now they were in despair.

As the Psalmist recalls what led to Israel’s troubles in the wilderness, we see that in spite of their short-sightedness, God acted anyway. There is a “nevertheless,” in this verse that says that God did what needed to be done. He still cared for His own, yes, even though they had wandered away.

Why did God do it? This verse gives us two reasons:

  1. “for His name’s sake” – Whatever they did brought honor or dishonor to God, because they were called by His Name. The same is true today, Christians are called such because they are to be “like Christ.” In fact, that is what the word “Christian” means. What we do as believers is either bringing honor or dishonor to Him.
  1. “that he might make his mighty power to be known” – God was concerned that both His people and the world know of His power. Not just power to destroy, but also power to help, to heal, to keep, and to provide.

In Israel’s day, the next generation after they arrived in the land forgot His power. Many Christians also fail to see God working in their lives.

It does not need to be that way. If you stay in the Word, in church, and in prayer, you also can see His power working in your life and on your behalf. God does it so that you might praise Him before the unsaved that they might want to know and serve Him, too.

God is good to those who love and serve Him. He wants to make his mighty power known, but it will have to come through the lips of those that love Him.

Bible Promise of the Day – God’s Final Say

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Although the events that led to the writing of this Psalm are not clear, its message is very clear. It seems that it was in a day when God’s people were being threatened, and the writer of this chapter of the Psalms is reminded of a very powerful truth by the Lord.

The enemy looked strong, and they were coming, threatening Israel with battle and destruction. Whatever the actual threat, God reminds His people in this Psalm that He has won many battles before.

God then invites His people to consider what He has already done in the past to prove His power: “Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth” (Psalm 46:8). Not only has God destroyed cities and nations, but He also once destroyed the earth with a Flood.

The Lord’s unmistakable message to His people here is that no matter how difficult things may get, you need to have no doubts that He will set things right. He will fulfill all His promises. When the dust clears, He will stand again on the earth as Lord of all and His people will reign with Him!

God declares that you don’t even need to worry about it – it will happen. Victory will be His! Just stand back and watch, He says. The wicked, those who refuse to serve Him, will be removed by God Himself, and His people – as promised – shall inherit the earth!

Bible Promise for the Day – Putting on God’s Armor for Victory

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Ephesians 6:10,11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

In the Apostle Paul’s day, times were tough in some places. The people in some areas treated him badly, and in other places there were almost no problems.

Paul knew very well that no matter what a community was like, it was not the people that were the problem. It was an enemy every believer deals with called Satan. He could stir up trouble anywhere, or cause people to relax – which often tends to make Christians relax, too.

In either case, strength was needed from God to be able to stand against the pressure that others may cause. Just as important, though, is that His strength is needed to be able to say no to the devices of the evil one, as he tries to tempt us in our minds.

Note that this verse emphasizes the need for His strength – not our strength. A believer cannot stand against an enemy we cannot see on our own, nor will your strength enable you to defeat him.

The good news is that God is willing to encourage and strengthen you. He is also quite able to give you the victory that He wants you to have and to fulfill His will.

One more important thing these verses tell us: we must put on the “whole armour of God” in order to stand. In other words, you must get dressed right first thing in the day or you are headed for spiritual defeat.

This means preparing for the spiritual battle in advance. Half-hearted attempts will never get the job done. We must meet with God first thing in the day, read our Bibles and pray, surrender afresh to Him for His will in our lives, and determine to stand against the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

Christian, are you serious about getting the victory today?

Bible Promise for the Day – Boldness and Love in a Troubled World

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

In today’s world, many people are afraid. The world situation really is not getting much better either, and prospects are not looking that great. Politicians are making promises, but they can do little without God’s help.

We certainly are living in a day when there are wars and rumors of wars, as the Bible tells us will be in the last days. On the other hand, the good thing is that it means that Christ could be coming very soon – possibly even today.

In spite of what is happening around us, it is the child of God who should be enjoying the greatest peace. This Bible verse tells us that if we fear, we are not as close to God as we should be.

Fear is a tool of the Satan, and he uses it to intimidate believers into silence. Instead of succumbing to fear, we need to go to God, submit to Him, and ask for boldness, as the apostles did in Acts 4. There are many people around us who do not yet know the message of the Gospel – that Jesus still saves the lost!

The apostles were threatened in Acts 4, but they were determined to obey God rather than men. The Holy Spirit empowered them with boldness, which does not mean being cocky, or rude. As a result of a fresh anointing of the Holy Ghost, the apostles spoke out in love, and under the guidance of the Spirit.

I also want to point out that the verse talks about a sound mind.” We cannot think or act as God wants if we are afraid. He will give us peace, and in that peace, we will be able to hear Him guiding us into His perfect will.