Bible Promise for the Day – God, Hurricanes, and the Promise of Ultimate Good

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

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

By now, everyone knows there is a dangerous hurricane on the way. By the time you read this, Hurricane Matthew will have already caused considerable damage on the eastern shore of Florida. Thank God that there have been considerable warnings, and many people have decided to leave and head for somewhere away from the storm.

At this point, no one yet knows what damage it will bring to their homes and property, but it certainly is not looking good. The pictures of the damage in Haiti is enough to strongly encourage people to leave the area – at least those who can.

Naturally, people who know about or experience unusual storms like this will tend to wonder why God might permit it. It only causes a lot of damage and people get killed. At last count I heard about, there are more than 300 who lost their lives.

The Christian has the privilege of looking at things differently than the world does. It does not mean that it does not hurt, or that we can laugh through tragedies or problems. What Romans 8:28 means is that God has promised those who love Him and are serving Him that everything will ultimately work out for good.

Sometimes, it takes a while before the good can be seen, but the believer knows that it is on the way, and sooner or later it will be seen. Christian, when the storms come, thank God that He has given you such a promise, and then praise His Name for what He permits. Then, start looking for the good and seek to be a blessing to others who were also hurt by it.

When God permits storms to come into the life of His children, you can be sure that He is only trying to produce pure gold. The dross does not want to leave so easily, but a storm will often help. Don’t allow bitterness or complaining to creep into your speech. If you trust Him, keep on doing so, and let the praise keep flowing.

I have written a book just for these kinds of occasions. It is called “Serving God Through the Storms of Life.” Recently, I had surgery for cancer. Truthfully, I found that God is able to keep our hearts and minds through the valleys of life. He keeps His word.

I believe this book can help you if you are a Christian and are looking for Bible answers. I’d like to send it to you today.

If you are not a Christian but are also honestly wondering why a loving God permits such things, I also have a book for you. It provides answers from the Scriptures, and I believe it will help you understand what God is trying to do. That eBook is called “Finding Bible Answers to the Troubles of Life.”

You can easily get these books today. I offer both of them as eBooks.

Bible Promise for the Day – The Stable Christian Life

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

Colossians 2:7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

While Christians are going to experience both hills and valleys in their life, as David did, it is not necessary to be hurt by them. Instead, like Job, the trials of life can be used to influence and strengthen our lives, so that ultimately we come forth as gold for His glory.

The above Bible verse, spoken by Paul, reveals God’s general will for every believer. God desires that every one of His children be “stablished in the faith.” This means unshaken by the events we meet with day to day.

As we look at the Lord Jesus and how He acted and reacted to the things He met with daily, we see a steady life. He was calm in heart and mind and unruffled by most things. He was, however, often angry with unbelief, because it would not allow Him to work.

When unbelief exists in our own lives it prevents Christ and the Holy Spirit from giving us the fruit of the Spirit spoken of in Galatians 5:22,23. Those verses tell us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Apart from His Spirit, the opposite characteristics will often be seen: anger, impatience, easily irritated, etc.

The way we become stabilized in Christ is by drawing deeply on the resources Christ provides. This involves becoming “rooted and built up in him.” When “rooted” in Christ, it means we have our roots deep in Him and are constantly drawing from Him His comfort, grace, power, joy, vision, and more. We put our roots in Christ deeply by being daily in the Word, fellowshipping regularly with other strong believers, praying, witnessing, and more.

A tree with deep roots is not easily blown down by storms. It can withstand it. It also is not easily hurt by drought, because its roots find those deeper springs.

Being established in Christ often begins with following what you were taught earlier: “as ye have been taught,” Paul said. Where were you taught these things that will establish your spiritual walk with God? Most likely in Church. Be faithful there.

Paul mentions one more thing about being established in Christ. Those who are don’t need to be told this because they already know: “abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Christians who are solid in faith are thankful people, and they know very well Who it is that blesses them.